Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is excited to offer Project Grants for the 7th year in a row. These grants support your chapter’s projects which require funding for proper execution. Grants will be distributed by January 28, 2022, for use anytime during the 2022 school year.


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Project grants are intended for three types of projects:


1. New projects

  • These projects are still in the conceptual phase. The grant proposal is intended to give additional support to your chapter as you undergo the process of starting a project on campus or in the community. We request that new projects submit a “Statement of Intent” before submitting a full proposal. Please submit your Statement of Intent as soon as you consider applying for a project grant, so we can assist your team throughout the grant application process. Newly established chapters (less than a year old) are highly encouraged to meet with the Programs team to discuss their idea after SOI submission. The final grant application is due on December 17th. Read Submission Guidelines for New Projects for more details.


2. Ongoing projects

  • These projects are well past the conceptual phase. Whether your project is in the design or implementation phase, this grant could cover most if not all you need to complete your project. The deadline for submitting an ongoing project grant application is December 17th. Read Submission Guidelines for Ongoing Projects for more details.

ESW HQ will offer seed grants of up to $500 per chapter for any new or ongoing project. Grants of up to $1,000 will also be considered in outstanding circumstances. Grant recipients will also be featured on ESW’s website, and we will promote your work in our media outreach. Ongoing and new projects will be considered and evaluated with the same criteria by an impartial review committee. We are open to your project using this funding as a seed grant combined with other sources of funding.


3. Previously Funded Projects

  • These projects have received Project Grant funding in the past year. Project Extension Grants are intended to make it easier for previously funded chapters to receive additional funding to expand or extend their project. Project Extension Grants are typically small and may not cover the entire project budget. You will be contacted by the Programs team if you are eligible.


See Submission Guidelines for details on how to apply.



The timelines for new and ongoing projects are intended to provide the scaffolding needed to successfully complete your project within a year.

Submission Process

Please follow the Submission Guidelines for New Projects or the Submission Guidelines for Ongoing Projects to submit your proposal. Chapters may choose to propose any amount up to $1,000 per itemized budget to be included in the proposal. Typical awards are around $500. ESW reserves the right to award a lower amount or partial grant.


Proposals should be submitted using the Google Form link. Google requires an account to upload files through the form. A committee will review the proposals, and chapters will be notified of awards by January 14th, 2022. Please check your email regularly for any updates or requests during this time. Checks will be distributed to awardees by January 28th, 2022. Funds may be used at any time during 2022.


Contact Information and Questions

Read our FAQs for commonly asked questions. For any questions or additional information, please contact Sohn Cook at [email protected] (and copy [email protected]).