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Thompson Rivers University

Grant Fund for Staff, Faculty and Students

The TRU Sustainability Grant Fund was created to advance environmental, economic and social sustainability at TRU. A total of $100,000 is available for the annual application intake. In addition, unused funds from previous years are available.

Grants are awarded to improve TRU’s operational environmental performance, foster sustainability literacy and campus community engagement, advance applied research, and demonstrate the viability of sustainability technologies. The fund accepts small or large project proposals from TRU students, staff and faculty, and is administered by the TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability. In addition to supporting sustainability-related research, the SGF is also open to all TRU faculty who require financial support with article processing and other open access publication charges. All research must be posted  in TRU's open access repository and made publicly available. There is funding available for faculty as an incentive to publish to TRU's open access repository; the funding covers any fees associated with the review and publication process.

Proposed projects must support the goals and objectives outlined in TRU’s Environmental Policy. They must be consistent with the major planning documents of the university, including the Campus Master Plan, the Strategic Plan and the TRU Strategic Sustainability Plan. Before applying, prospective applicants should consult the following five documents, which appear as links below: Terms of Reference; Pre-Proposal; Proposal; and Budget Template and Purchasing Guideline, both of which accompany the Proposal.

Application dates:

  • November 13, 2023 - Pre-proposal due (500 words). Pre-proposals will be returned with comments to applicants on November 21
  • November 21 or 22, 2023 – Grant Writing Workshop from 4 to 5 PM in the TRUSU Red Room
    (This is a optional workshop open to anyone. Other workshops can be arranged upon request, so please contact the Sustainability Office at if you can't make the ones on Nov 21 or 22.)
  • February 12, 2024 – Full proposals due. All proposals must be accompanied by an original 90-120 second YouTube video
  • March 7, 2024 – Proponents notified of results
  • March 7, 2025 – Awarded funds must be spent by this date

Pre-proposal guidelines:

Please include the following in your pre-proposal:

  • A project description
  • The groups involved. Each project must have at least one TRU student, one staff member, and one faculty member included
  • Project goals
  • Total cost
  • Educational opportunities
  • Project duration
  • Linkage to campus planning documents or other campus initiatives

Pre-proposals can be submitted through email, by mail or dropped off to our office:

  • Email:
  • Mail to: Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office 805 TRU Way Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 (Attn: James Gordon)
  • Drop off: TRU Sustainability Office. Located in the Human Resources building (Entry #2) - Room 145 (Look for the orange door)

Key documents for the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund

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