Grant Opportunities

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Opportunity Name: Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge
“Walmart is committed to fostering innovation at all levels – in their stores and supply chain, in communities, and throughout the retail industry.  In this spirit, the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge provides a forum for students to showcase their best ideas and to help Walmart learn from some of the brightest minds in the world.
The competition challenges students to invent sustainable products or develop sustainable business solutions and present them to a panel of Walmart executives, suppliers, and environmental organizations. In addition to gaining an audience with some of the top business and sustainability leaders in the United States, the winning team will receive$20,000 to invest in their business or product.”

Opportunity Name: Global Social Venture Competition
Haas School of Business UC Berkeley
“The Global Social Venture Competition is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. The mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises.  The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.”
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Opportunity Name: U.S. EPA P3 Program
“People, Prosperity and the Planet Program. This is a unique grant opportunity for college and university faculty and students. Through this hands-on design competition, student teams and their faculty advisors receive $15,000 grants to design scientific, technical, and policy solutions to sustainability challenges around the world.
Projects can address a challenge in one or more of these areas:
built environment, or
materials & chemicals.
Teams use the $15,000 grants to design and develop their projects in the 2011/2012 school year. Then in the spring of 2012, all teams will come to Washington, DC, to compete for EPA’s P3 Award at the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo.
The students’ projects will be evaluated by a panel of experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. EPA will use these recommendations to choose the P3 Award winners who may receive an additional grant up to $90,000 to further develop their designs, implement them in the field, and take them to the marketplace.
More Info/Apply: Visit our Web site for more information and to see what past P3 teams have accomplished:

Opportunity Name: The 2nd Annual BrickStainable Design Competition
Sponsor: Potomac Valley Brick & Supply
“Potomac Valley Brick presents the 2nd Annual BrickStainable International Design Competition. The Competition seeks integrative solutions for a building using clay masonry units (brick) as a primary material. Current Green and Living Building initiatives acknowledge the importance of integrated design solutions to achieve sustainability goals. This competition seeks to explore the potential of brick construction in the creation of an energy efficient building. Design teams are challenged to maximize the physical characteristics of this construction in the creation of integrated design solutions utilizing the physical characteristics of this material such as thermal mass, porosity (or lack thereof), modularity, color, etc.”
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Other Opportunities:

Global Clinton Initiative (,  NWF Chill Out, Campus Progress,


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