Updated: September 22, 2020   

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is excited to release this Request for Proposals for 2020-2021 Projects Grants. These grants support your chapter’s projects which require funding for proper execution. Grants will be distributed by February 2021 for use anytime during the 2020-2021 school year.


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Project grants are intended for two 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 (preferably by October 20th) so that we can assist your team throughout the grant application process. The final grant application is due on December 15th. 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 a ongoing project grant application is December 15th. 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 $1000 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 committee. We are open to your project using this funding as a seed grant combined with other sources of funding.


See Submission Guidelines for details on how to apply. Please do not hesitate to contact the Programs Department at programs@eswusa.org for more information.



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 $1000 per an itemized budget to be included in the proposal. Typical awards are $300-500. ESW reserves the right to award a lower amount or partial grant.


Proposals should be submitted by email to the Programs Department at programs@eswusa.org at by December 15th, 2020 at 11:59pm EST. A committee will review the proposals, and chapters will be notified of awards by January 13th, 2021. Please check your email regularly for any updates or requests during this time.  Checks will be mailed to awardees by February 1st. Funds may be used at any time during 2021.


Contact Information and Questions

For any questions or additional information, please contact the Programs Department at programs@eswusa.org.