High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund

The Princeton Vertical Farming Project is a recipient of the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund


The High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund requests proposals for campus sustainability projects, with an emphasis on measurable outcomes and culture change. The fund was created to accelerate sustainability efforts in research, education and civic engagement, as outlined in the Princeton Sustainability Plan - with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on student projects linked with campus as a living laboratory. All disciplinary approaches are welcome, especially those that combine the sciences, humanities and social sciences in creative ways. 

The fund welcomes sustainability-related proposals that address: 1) course development, redesign, enhancement or support, 2) faculty research projects needing supplemental funding while using the campus as a laboratory, 3) student-initiated research projects culminating in a JP, Senior Thesis, graduate thesis project, or published work, and 4) non-academic student initiatives with the objective of accelerating sustainability leadership and performance on campus. Refer to the Request for Proposals section below for detailed instructions.

Please note: The High Meadows fund is not meant for repeating initiatives unless there are obvious enhancements or new dimensions to the initiative/event.


All campus community members are eligible to apply, with appropriate endorsement from home department or program office.


Proposals are accepted at any time and reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend no proposal request exceed $10,000 without prior discussion with the fund administrator.

The review process for funding requests can take up to 30 days prior to final approval. Please plan your submission accordingly. Funding will not be granted retroactively - proposed projects should not begin until after funding is secured.

Award Recipients are required to complete the Assessment Report form within 30 days of the project's completion.

Request for Proposals

Submissions accepted on a rolling basis
For non-academic student initiatives and Faculty/Staff initiatives:

Download the Application Form (.docx)

Download the Assessment Report Form (.docx)

Download the Request for Funding Instructions  (.docx)

Tips for a Smooth Application Process (.pdf)

Submit all application forms and associated documents to Lisa Nicolaison 

For Student Applicants

Use of Funding Portal Required for Thesis and Independent Work

Students applying for sustainability-related Senior Thesis or Independent Work funds must use the new Princeton University Student Activities Funding Engine (S.A.F.E.) to submit an application. Please use the resources below, however, to supplement your understanding of the High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund guidelines. If you are applying for Senior Thesis Funding, also be sure to apply for funding from the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Students seeking funds for non-academic campus-based activities, events, or initiatives should use the application forms available below, or contact Program Coordinator, Lisa Nicolaison for more information.

Previous Award Recipients

View previous High Meadows awards recipients