Sustainability Innovation Fund accepting applications

The Sustainability Innovation Fund (SIF) is now accepting applications for projects on York University campuses that advance the University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as contribute to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SGD) 13 (Climate Action).

SIF supports projects that advance climate action and York’s net-zero goal, while creating opportunities for members of the York University community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives, specifically related to climate action and reducing GHG emissions and utilize the campus as a living lab, empowering individuals to be agents of change and take meaningful steps to reduce our impact on the planet. Proposals may address direct or indirect emission such as commuting, energy, food, waste, behaviour change, awareness and engagement or nature-based solutions.

This round of SIF is intended to provide funding for projects focused on identifying, accelerating and evaluating climate mitigation solutions and strategies, specifically:

  • seed funding (potentially for larger proposals in the next SIF round or external grant applications);
  • funding where there are matching funds from an academic unit or administrative office; or
  • projects that can be achieved generally under $10,000 from SIF(although compelling requests for up to $25,000 may be considered).

The call for applications is now open. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

All proposals for the Sustainability Innovation Fund must be submitted to the Office of Sustainability by email to

A selection committee will evaluate the applications using the Proposal Assessment Rubric and will make recommendations for funding to the president. Approved projects will receive funding in January 2024.

Information about the Sustainability Innovation Fund, documents, forms and criteria are available on the Office of Sustainability website.

Information and consultation

Reach out to the Office of Sustainability for more information or for a consultation by email at