Douglas Action Grants

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Lecture Committee is pleased to announce a pilot program for Douglas Environmental Action Grants.  

This Program is no longer active.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas graduated from Wellesley in 1912, made a name for herself as a journalist at The Miami Herald, and forged her legacy as the chief advocate for protecting Everglades National Park.  President Clinton awarded her a National Medal of Freedom for her work to “preserve and restore” the Everglades in 1993.  

Individual students or groups of students are encouraged to apply for funding to support activities which advance their involvement in environmental advocacy.  Priority will be given to activities that generate action around environmental issues, which can be defined as advocacy, research, or performance that advance efforts toward environmental protection.  Such activities may take place on or off campus.  

Applications may be submitted by individuals or groups.  In general, individual grants will be capped at $200 and group grants at $1000 (not to exceed $200 per participating student).  Applications of not more than 1- to 2-pages in length should:

  • explain the activity to be funded (and how, specifically, it meets the goal of the Douglas Action Grants),
  • document the timeframe for the project,
  • provide an estimate of the impact of the project and a clear description of how success will be measured, and
  • provide a detailed project budget.  

The Committee will consider funding requests for expenses such as, but not limited to, materials, printing, travel, and/or event registration.

Students receiving Douglas Action Grants will be reimbursed for allowable project expenses upon submission of receipts (within 30 days of the activity) and submission of a brief account (less than one page) of their activities to the Center for the Environment newsletter.   To further inspire other students, grant recipients should present on their experiences at a Tanner Conference.

There are two types of Douglas Action Grants.  1)  Standard Proposal:  The standard project proposal is due April 15th (at 5PM) for projects which will be completed by August 31, 2013. Students will be notified by May 3rd.  2)  Rolling Project Proposals:  A portion of funds will be reserved for rolling project proposals.  If an opportunity arises which is consistent with the goals of the Douglas Action Grant, but which requires near-term funding or arises after the deadline has passed, students may apply for a rolling grant.  Please specifically note that such proposals are for the rolling grant.  Expect a response within two weeks.

Please submit applications to