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Sustainability Projects Fund

We want to hear your sustainability ideas!

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) is a prize-fund of £50,000 to support staff or student-led projects to enhance sustainability on campus. It is funded by a 20p ‘levy’ placed on single-use disposable coffee cups sold at King’s College London and KCLSU catering outlets. 

If you have an idea on how to make our campuses more sustainable, you can apply for funding from the SPF. 

You can apply for any amount of funding. If your application is below £500, the judging panel will let you know in the week after the applications close. Applications above £500 will be assessed by the panel and if shortlisted, invited to pitch to the panel.

 

Stuck for ideas? We have a list of sustainability areas we welcome applications for, but you are not limited to these if you can show your project idea has a positive sustainability impact. You can also check out our Sustainability Reports to see our current projects and targets. 

  • Carbon and Energy Reduction
  • Biodiversity
  • Waste Reduction and Promotion of a Circular Economy
  • Water Use Reduction
  • Sustainability Education and Awareness
  • Sustainable and Ethical Procurement
  • Service to Society

Applications are currently closed, but we will update this page with more information once the next round of funding opens. 

Below, you can find information regarding the last SPF application round. 

 

Need some help with your application? 

The full guidelines, and application form and evaluation criteria can be found here.

An editable Word version of the application form is available for download here

 

2020 Timeline

27th January - Applications open

12th February - Application workshop

28th February - Applications close

Week commencing 2nd March - Applications below £500 are notified of outcome, shortlisted applications above £500 are notified of pitch times

11th & 12th March - Shortlisted applicants for funds above £500 pitch to the panel

Week commencing 16th March - Applicants are notified of outcome

 

Frequently asked questions

When is the deadline?

Applications close at midnight on the 28th February 2020. 

How much money is available in the fund?

There are £50,000 available in this round of applications. You can apply for any amount of funding, but will need to outline your budget in the application form. 

How can I apply?

Please complete the application form available here (pages 3-5) and send it to the email address specified in the document. 

How are applications assessed?

The evaluation criteria are outlined on pages 6-7 in the guidance document. If your application is below £500, the judging panel will assess your application and let you know of the outcome in the week commencing 2nd March. If your application is above £500, the judging panel will inform you whether your application has been shortlisted or not in the week commencing 2nd March, and if shortlisted, invite you to pitch on the 11th/12th March. 

How do the pitches work?

You will present your project idea in front of the judging panel, and the panel will ask you questions about your project and application. You will receive initial feedback and questions from the judging panel when you are invited to the pitch, and should aim to take this into account in your pitch. 

Where can I get help for my application?

We are hosting an application workshop on the 12th February, 3:30-5pm in 2.03 Bush House (SE) as part of Sustainability Week

Who should I contact if I have a question?

Please contact SPF@kcl.ac.uk or sustainability@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions that are not covered in the guidance document. 

 

 

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