Green Start Up Fund – applications open

Applications for the Green Start Up Fund are now open and staff are being encouraged to develop project ideas with student groups.

The Green Start Up Fund, which has been launched by the Liverpool Guild of Students (LGoS), aims to support student-led projects in any area of sustainability, whether working towards low carbon, low waste or greater resource efficiency. Students can apply for up to £2,000 to support a campaign or practical project to green part of the University, or work with a community group.

Extra-curricular activity

Staff can suggest projects that could be incorporated into modules or featured as an extra-curricular activity of any department across the University, and both academic and professional services are invited to sponsor project ideas from students.

Leigh-Angel Bevan, Vice-President at LGoS, said: “Sustainability is about trying to ensure a society, economy and ecology that are viable now and in the long-term. It therefore encompasses a wide range of issues and we want to encourage and support students to implement their own innovative projects that will help us move towards more sustainable practice. You can make a difference here in Liverpool.”

Encouraging greener living

The Green Start Up Fund is a vital element of the Green Guild Project – a £300,000 programme of student-led initiatives aimed at encouraging greener living whilst at University. The funds were awarded to the Guild after a successful bid to the NUS Students’ Green Fund.

All applicants will be invited to take part in project management training and asked to present their ideas on a poster at the Sustainability Project Showcase in February where overall winners will be announced. The Guild is aiming to award around five grants from the Fund depending on the projects submitted.

Applications are open until 10 January but early submission is recommended so the LGoS Green Team can provide feedback and support to develop your ideas. Please contact Green Guild Project Manager David Wheatley for an application or further information.

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