Sustainability Grant

Sustainability Grant Application

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Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024


The University encourages the development of innovative proposals to advance sustainability-related initiatives and expand learning opportunities for Coastal Carolina University students as well as campus and community stakeholders. Through the PCSCR and these Sustainability Grants, CCU is committed to increasing collaboration and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainability initiatives are broadly defined as those activities that emanate from and support the SDGs. Eligible proposals will represent significant potential for the development or advancement of sustainability initiatives, which are broadly defined as those activities that emanate from and support the SDGs, focused on course development, research, and co-curricular programming. The 17 goals are a global call to action to end hunger, ensure good health and wellbeing for all people, and develop sustainable cities and communities.  

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) asserts that by training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals, higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to help our community and the world. Through course development, research, and co-curricular programming, Coastal Carolina University can develop new technologies, strategies, and approaches to address this interdisciplinary challenge. Institutions that offer multiple opportunities to address sustainability-related issues will help students engage with some of the world’s most pressing global issues and lead society to a sustainable future.  

This call for Sustainability Grant proposals is organized for projects that generally fall into one of three categories: 

  1. Course Development: Significant changes or improvements to incorporate sustainability into an existing academic course or a newly developed course; 
  2. Research: New or ongoing scholarly research and creative production to encourage students, staff, and faculty in multiple disciplines to focus their work on a major sustainability challenge; and
  3. Co-Curricular Programming: Projects, programs, and initiatives that advance sustainability on campus and in the greater community.


An approximate total of $40,000 is available to fund successful 2024-2025 Sustainability Grant proposals. Though not necessarily a requirement, collaboration across academic disciplines, between administrative offices, and involvement of community partners is strongly encouraged. Unique or exceptional collaborative, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary proposals may be awarded funding up to $10,000. Individual or single-discipline applications may be awarded funding up to $5,000. 

Funds may be requested for:

  • student assistants (including fringe*),
  • equipment or supplies
  • travel related to required research/creative activities (conference travel and per diem costs are not supported),
  • faculty compensation including either summer salary (up to $4000, including fringe*) or $3600 for a Teaching Assistant to cover 1-course release for 1 semester (release time requires approval from the department chair and dean). Requests must explain how faculty time exceeds normal duties and expectations as described in departmental performance expectations and how faculty compensation is essential to the successful completion of the project. 
  • other project-related expenses

Fringe Benefit Rates FY24 (PDF)

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024, 12:30 PM

Funding Period: July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025 (Fiscal Year: Summer II, Fall, Spring, May, and Summer I)

Proposal Application: Applications can be downloaded here.

Applications must be submitted to Rachel Abarbanell ( by the proposal deadline.

Prior to the proposal deadline, interested colleagues should direct questions to:

Darcy Coughlan (; 843-349-2108)

Megan McIlreavy (; 843-349-2728)


Sustainability Grant Application

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