Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant (GCSEG)
The GCSEG offers a grant opportunity to a Goddard student from any program who is starting or developing a business or non-profit that offers solutions to local or global sustainability issues.
The goal of the program is to cultivate responsible action towards nature, society, and future generations by supporting the start-up or growth of a business or non-profit that promotes sustainable living, social equity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ecological protection and restoration. Each year, a $2500 grant will be awarded to the sustainability entrepreneur whose business promises to most successfully address these concerns.
Jerry Greenfield and Elizabeth Skarie Foundation
Applications must be submitted electronically by January 15 of each year using the Online Form (see below). Students applying for a grant may include their business plan in their semester packet work.
Applications are reviewed by the GCSEG Review Team, comprised of:
- Russ Bennett, Owner, NorthLand Design & Construction Inc.; Board Member and Chair of Policy Committee, VBSR
- Scott Blanchard, Goddard College Director of Facilities
- Bobby Buchanan, Goddard College Faculty Member
- Catherine Lowther, Goddard College Faculty Member
- Manuel O’Neill, Goddard College Financial Aid Counselor
- Calyb Hare, Goddard BA in Individualized Studies Student
- Chris Pratt, Owner, Open Sash Window Retrofit; Former Goddard College Trustee
Criteria for Selection:
Winners are selected based on the following criteria:
- How effectively the business will promote sustainability.
- The applicant’s understanding of business development and management.
- Letters of recommendation.
The winner will be announced at the Goddard BA in Sustainability Program spring residency held during the first week of March at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The award will be given in two parts: $1250 will be given at the time of the announcement. On August 1, the student will provide a written progress report on how the award is being used to reach the sustainability goals. If the report is approved by the sustainability team, the student will receive the remaining $1250. The student will present a workshop about the business at the BA in Sustainability spring residency in the year following the award.
For More Information:
Catherine Lowther | firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty BA in Sustainability, Chair of the Goddard Sustainability Team
Please submit a business plan that includes the following:
- The name of the business;
- A mission statement that describes the ecological, social, and economic benefits of the business;
- A marketing strategy;
- Cash flow and profit projections for the first year of operation;
- Additional sources and amounts of funding;
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty advisor and one from a mentor or associate in the business world who is familiar with your work.
To submit your materials, fill out the Online Application Form below.