Mini Grants & DEIJ Grants

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The Institute on the Environment’s fellowships and grants provide support for people and projects across the University of Minnesota system. For the latest information on current and upcoming funding opportunities, please sign up for announcements here or contact us at

Mini Grants

Institute on the Environment Mini Grants are designed to support and spark collaborative projects addressing environmental and sustainability issues across the University of Minnesota five-campus system, Extension, and outreach centers. These grants of up to $3,000 may be used for a range of research, leadership, education, storytelling, and outreach activities. (Visit here to see previous winners). Proposals that advance new collaborations — across disciplines and ways of knowing, among partners and people — are highly encouraged. Take a look at the Fall 2023 awarded projects!


The Spring 2024 Mini Grant cycle is now open through Sunday, April 28th, at 11:59pm. You may apply for a Mini Grant via this Google Form and review the Spring 2024 RFP below. You may also preview the questions/fields on the application, review the evaluation rubric, and read the terms and conditions. Please reach out to Noah Greensweig at if you have any questions regarding the Mini Grant RFP.

If you are interested in being an IonE Mini Grant reviewer, please email

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Grant

The Institute on the Environment’s mission is to lead the way toward a future in which people and the environment prosper together. To further that mission, we acknowledge the role social inequality has played in perpetuating disproportionate environmental outcomes and have established a recurring  fund to accelerate 3-6 projects that help people and the environment prosper together more equitably and justly.

***this opportunity is not available at this time***

If you have not previously, you may register an account on our application platform: Apply. You may review the anticipated RFP below; please note that during extended work-from-home campus operations that IonE facilities will not be available for use. You may also be interested in reviewing the evaluation rubric and reading the terms and conditions.

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please email