Kless Sustainability Fund

Students at the University of Montana created the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund (formerly referred to as KRELF) which allows students to propose projects that save energy on campus using money generated through a $6 student sustainability fee.

Projects funded by the Kless Sustainability Fund must demonstrate quantifiable savings and a return on investment. Future energy cost savings must be used to repay the Kless Sustainability Fund, allowing the fund to be self-sustaining over time. Funded projects will reduce annual operating expenses, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and lower energy costs.



Kless Sustainability Fund proposals are a great opportunity to develop grant writing and research experience and to learn more about the energy and resource footprint of the University of Montana! Not sure where to begin? Visit our Overview Page.

Application deadline: March 8th, 2023

The Kless Sustainability Fund is currently closed to applicants.

Why is it called the Kless Fund?

The University of Montana’s Kless Sustainability Fund was established in honor of the late student and UM sustainability advocate, Sonny Kless. He worked to spearhead one of the nation's first university funds to support sustainability and energy savings on campus. Learn more about him and the legacy he left on the page titled In Honor of Sonny Kless.