Mini-Grant Projects

Every year EarthKeepers looks for grant proposals from the EMU community that impact the campus in a visible, creative, educational way. Winning proposals are chosen and funded based on the project’s feasibility and implementation plan.

Here’s what previous recipients have done with their Earthkeepers mini-grants!


  1. $300 for clotheslines/clothes racks in the dormitories
  2. $250 for desk-side recycling bins for all campus offices
  3. $300 for a cement base to a bike and bus shelter on Park Road
  4. $150 for timers on the tennis court lights


  1. $250 for compost bins for 15 lounge/kitchen areas in campus offices
  2. $100 to Sustainable Food Initiative for creation of a raspberry hedge as edible landscaping near Northlawn
  3. $125 purchase of local food to reinforce learning in a Food Writing Workshop
  4. $125 for compost bins for traditional residence halls
  5. $400 to technical theater Class for LED theater light fixture


  1. $200 for the asparagus hedge by Elmwood and the Science Center
  2. $200 for the construction of a compost sifter to improve the quality of our finished compost for use around campus
  3. $200 for the summer 2011 cross-cultural to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for various sustainability activities
  4. $300 to Common Grounds Coffeehouse for the purchase of reusable stainless steel travel mugs


  1. $500 to found The Bicycle Cooperative
  2. $300 to build the trash/compost counter at the tray return in the cafeteria
  3. $200 to the Theater Department for productions of “Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Berry”