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Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs Grant (GCSEG)

Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant (GCSEG)

The GCSEG offers a grant opportunity to a Goddard student in any program who is starting or developing a business or non-profit that offers solutions to sustainability issues.

The goal of the program is to cultivate responsible action towards nature, society, and future generations by promoting 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 goals.

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.

Criteria for Selection:
The winner is selected based on the following criteria:

  • How successfully the business will promote the goals of the grant.
  • How effectively the plan is articulated.
  • The scope of impact the business will have.
  • The applicant’s understanding of business development as demonstrated in the business plan.
  • Letters of recommendation.

Award Process:
The winner will be announced at the BA in Sustainability spring residency graduation held during the first week of March at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The award will be distributed 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 review committee, the student will receive the remaining $1250. The student will present a workshop about the business during the BA in Sustainability fall residency following the award.

Sponsors:
The grant is sponsored by generous donations from the Jerry Greenfield and Elizabeth Skarie Foundation, and from Concept 2.

Review Team:
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                                                                                                     
  • Bobby Buchanan, Goddard Faculty Member
  • Catherine Lowther, Goddard Faculty Member
  • Cynthia Tina, Goddard Student and Director of NextGEN US
  • Tim Perrin, Key Account Manager, Efficiency Vermont

For More Information Contact:
Catherine Lowther | catherine.lowther@goddard.edu
Faculty BA in Sustainability, Chair of the Goddard Sustainability Team

The Application:
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 from business people familiar with your work, or from a faculty advisor.

To submit your materials, fill out the Online Application Form below.

Application Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs' Grant

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, combined as one document.