Graham Sustainability Institute

Warning message

You must login to view this form.

Diversity of Thought in Sustainability (DOTS) Grant

After reading the Funding Criteria, submit the application below.


The grant will be available to all University of Michigan students, however, we will give preference to projects that appeal to student groups, departments, and populations who have not previously or regularly interacted, engaged, or associated with the field of environmental sustainability.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applications must be student-generated
  • Applications should advocate for, enhance, or otherwise improve social sustainability at U-M
  • Proposed projects / events should benefit more than a single group of U-M students
  • Recipients of the award will give a powerpoint presentation about the impacts of the project at the end of the school year during which it took place

Evaluation Criteria:

The SSI board will use the following as criteria to review proposals:

  1. Must impact communities at the University of Michigan; impacting communities off campus in addition to on campus is a plus
  2. Must foster cross campus collaboration across departments, student groups, and/or disciplines
  3. Project should define sustainability as it pertains to their project. Definitions may include, but are not limited to, elements of environmental, human, economic, and social sustainability.
  4. Grants should seek to build social capital and strong, connected communities across the University. We will evaluate a grant based on the connection between campus environmental sustainability and DEI/social sustainability. New innovative approaches to creating strides in DEI via sustainability initiatives is a high priority. We have included definitions of terms here so applicants understand how SSI defines the following terms.
    • Diversity is defined as, but not limited to, variance of thought, approach, and values
    • Inclusion is defined as, but not limited to, a sense of connectedness, bringing together individuals and communities
    • Equity is defined as, but not limited to, increasing students’ access to resources, knowledge, and applications within the field of sustainability
    • Social Sustainability is defined as "when the formal and informal processes; systems; structures; and relationships actively support the capacity of current and future generations to create healthy and liveable communities. Socially sustainable communities are equitable, diverse, connected and democratic and provide a good quality of life." (WACOSS)
    • Social Capital: the networks between various groups on campus to improve access to knowledge bases and understandings of vibrant, empowered communities
  5. Project should attempt a net neutral environmental impact-- using zero waste materials and practices, for instance-- or connect the project to environmental sustainability in some capacity.

Contact Us

We'd be happy to work with you to make the application process smooth & successful. Questions? Send us an email at