The Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs’ Grant is offered to a Goddard student from any program who is starting or developing a business or nonprofit that offers solutions to local or global sustainability issues. The goal of the program is to cultivate responsible action towards nature, society, and future generations by supporting the start-up or growth of a business or nonprofit that promotes sustainable living, social equity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ecological protection and restoration. Each year, a $2,500 award will be awarded to the sustainability entrepreneur whose business promises to most successfully address these concerns.

The Goddard College Sustainability Entrepreneurs’ Grant is sponsored by generous donations from the Jerry Greenfield and Elizabeth Skarie Foundation and Concept 2.

Criteria for Selection

Winners are 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
  • Quality of the letters of recommendation

The Application

Applications must be submitted electronically by January 15 of each year using the online grant application.

Applicants must submit a business plan that includes the following:

  • The name of the business
  • Mission statement describing the ecological, social, and economic benefits of the business
  • Marketing strategy
  • Cash flow and profit projections for the first year of operation
  • Additional sources and amounts of funding
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from a mentor or associate in the business world who is familiar with your work; another may be from a Goddard faculty advisor)

To submit your materials, fill out the online grant application form.

(Students applying for a grant may include their business plan in their semester packet work.)

Review Committee

Applications are reviewed by:

  • Russ Bennett, Owner of Northland Design & Construction Inc. and Board Member and Chair of Policy Committee, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • 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

Award Process

The winner will be announced at the Goddard Undergraduate Program spring residency during the first week of March. The award will be given in two parts: $1,250 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 sustainability team, the student will receive the remaining $1,250. The student will present a workshop about the business at the Undergraduate Program spring residency in the year following the award.

For More Information

Catherine Lowther | catherine.lowther@goddard.edu
Goddard Undergraduate Program Faculty, Chair of the Goddard Sustainability Team