Patriot Green Fund

The Patriot Green Fund (PGF) strives to foster an environment where Mason can flourish academically in part through practicing environmental, social, and economic stewardship. This fund seeks to fund tangible projects that have a high value in all three of these areas of sustainability. The fund works to raise awareness of and support for building a culture of sustainability on campus and in our communities. The PGF empowers students by providing them with an unprecedented opportunity to lead and direct projects that will create positive change. To strengthen the Mason community, all Mason students, faculty, and staff may propose and/or participate in a PGF-supported project. Infrastructure projects may only occur on Mason’s campuses, but research projects may help solve problems in any of Mason’s surrounding communities or the Metro D.C. region in general.

PGF Basics

In the summer of 2011, the Mason administration approved the creation of the Patriot Green Fund (PGF), which is a $100,000 per year sustainability fund devoted to making Mason’s campuses more sustainable through infrastructure improvements and student research projects. One of the most unique and innovative components of the PGF is the emphasis it places on student participation. Students not only comprise the majority of the PGF Committee, but can also directly apply for funding to lead their own projects when supported by a mentor.

PGF Goals

The Patriot Green Fund operates with three distinct goals:

  • Enable students to conduct research and implement scholarship-related projects that demonstrate environmental leadership and benefit the Mason community and surrounding region.
  • Reduce Mason’s environmental impact by making tangible improvements to habits, facilities and operations.
  • Improve understanding and awareness of, and support for, sustainability issues for the entire Mason community, leading to a strong community network and stewardship.

The fund is managed by a Committee of five students, two faculty and two staff members. The Committee is responsible for processing and approving applications, marketing the PGF, and giving individual attention to each project to support its success.

Applications

On the Apply for Funds page, there are preliminary and final applications as well as guides to help you apply.

  • Application deadlines for the 2019/2020 school year will be announced at the start of the Fall semester.  Please email applications to pgf@gmu.edu.
  • For grants less than $1,000, we have Quick Funds to support experiential learning in the same semester (or the break just before the semester begins). Please read the Quick Fund Application for more info about this process, and submit projects as early as possible to ensure funding is secured. Quick Fund applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to all your burning questions about the PGF.