The $500 grant is open to students at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology with the goal of supporting sustainable ideas and projects in Southern Oregon.

The Rogue Group Sierra Club is accepting applications for the Tom Rose Sustainability Grant. This is the first year that the Rogue Group has offered the grant and it is intended to be an annual offering.

The $500 grant is open to students at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology with the goal of supporting sustainable ideas and projects in Southern Oregon.

The Sierra Club defines sustainability as: "An economic/cultural state where the demands placed upon the natural environment by all species, and particularly human beings, can be met without reducing the capacity of the natural environment to provide for future generations of all species."

The project to be performed with the grant must work toward achieving any idea that promotes these goals. The project must be overseen by college faculty and must be complete by Dec. 31, 2010.

The grant is named for a longtime Sierra Club member, supporter and activist. Tom Rose was a Sierra Club member for more than 50 years. His most recent work was to protect the unique and fragile ecosystem of the Middle Branch of the East Fork of Ashland Creek from ski area expansion.

Applications will be available at the schools and are due by Feb. 28. Mail applications to: Rogue Group Sierra Club, c/o Tom Dimitre, 901 Beach St., Ashland, OR 97520.

For more information, contact the schools or Tom Dimitre, Rogue Group Sierra Club chair, at 890-5022.