50th Earth Day Grants

The School of Environment and Natural Resources seeks to support student organizations and campus groups as they celebrate the 50th Earth Day, the University’s Earth Month, and Time for Change week. 

This support comes in the form of a reimbursement grant for funds used to engage the campus or Columbus community in events or initiatives aligning with the mission of the Earth Day Network: to ”diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement.” The goal of this grant is to empower the movements already happening within our community, support new initiatives, and to broaden engagement beyond those who might already be involved or in the know.

Grant Amount 

Up to $500 per group


This award is open to all registered OSU student organizations, Learning Communities (OSU Housing), or Scholars programs (Honors & Scholars) from any academic discipline or unit who will be hosting an event or an initiative related to Earth Day, Earth Month, or Time For Change from March 29th, 2020 to April 30th, 2020.  
Organizations can collaborate on events or initiatives to increase funding eligibility.  Each organization is eligible to apply for up to $500, so a single application that includes substantial collaboration with multiple organizations could apply for up to $1000 (two organizations), up to $1500 (three), etc.
Each organization is only eligible for one grant, whether that is on an independent event initiative or one collaborating with other organizations. Multiple applications will not disqualify an organization, but the organization should indicate which application is their top priority as only one will be funded.

Reporting Requirements

Funded projects will be required to report out on their events or initiatives by May 31st, 2020.  Reporting instructions will be clear when the award announcements are sent out and will include photos, assessment of impact and reach, and outcomes related to community engagement.


The deadline to apply for funding is March 6th, 11:59pm
Awardees will be notified on March 13th of their award.
All reported materials must be submitted by May 31st, 2020 in order to receive the reimbursement grant.  Grant funds will be disbursed via check or journal transfer to the student organization fund following submission of the final event report.


Submission of a grant application constitutes an agreement to follow the above reporting requirements, terms, and conditions.


The application is available online here:

50th Earth Day Grants

or at go.osu.edu/50thearthdaygrants


Groups that demonstrate the following on their applications will be more likely to receive funding:

Event Purpose: Demonstration that the event or initiative will meet or address a specific need in the campus or Columbus community
Audience: Clarity of intended audience, depth and/or breadth of reach for the event or initiative, plans to engage new populations in environment and sustainability activities, attention to creating an inclusive event
Outcomes:  Three clearly stated intended outcomes of the event or initiative 
Use of funds: Preference will be given to proposals that plan to use the funds for programming functions rather than giveaways