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IREM Foundation

Apply for an Elaina’s Sustainability Grant

Applications for funding are now closed for 2022. Elaina’s Sustainability Grants encourage innovation or adoption of sustainability and occupant wellness initiatives that impact the buildings where we live, work, shop, and play. 

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Guidelines & application

Applicants may select one of three pathways to receive funding. Click on the buttons below to learn more and apply.

Innovate  For new and unique sustainability initiatives.

Adopt   For proven approaches that benefit a community.

Research   For studies that support sustainability adoption and innovation.


Grants from Elaina’s Sustainability Fund are open to anyone in the world who is ready to take steps to improve the environmental footprint of commercial real estate. This includes, but is not limited to IREM® members, real estate managers, building owners, tenants, residents, students, and faculty of academic institutions.

Preference will be given to programs that demonstrate creativity and innovation, as well as individuals or companies that may otherwise lack the funds to implement the program.

Funding and criteria

The IREM Foundation will consider grant requests ranging from $500 - $5000. Up to four (4) $5,000 grants will be awarded in 2022. Applications will be evaluated on the criteria below:

  • Anticipated impact/reduction in consumption of energy and natural resources
  • The likelihood of success
  • Creativity/innovation
  • Ability to measure results
  • Demonstrated need for resources
  • Grant’s ability to have significant impact on a project
  • Number of people impacted, i.e., residents, tenants
  • Length of time for project to be deemed a success and the ability to maintain funding in subsequent years as may be needed

Special consideration will be given to proposals that embody initiatives that increase diversity, the engagement of young professionals, and expansion of industry knowledge as these are at the core of the IREM Foundation values and purpose.

Application window and review

Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision by May 31, 2022 and funds will be distributed no later than June 30, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by a select group from the IREM Foundation’s Scholarship & Grant Review Committee. The committee will consist of at least three sustainability experts, one researcher, and two Foundation Board members.


Recipients will be required to submit a written report within one year of receiving funding. The report should include, at a minimum, tracking of the proposal’s original outcomes and goals, budget details, impact stories, and photos if possible. Additional information may be requested.

About Elaina

JElaina Tattersdale On June 5, 2019, Elaina Tattersdale passed away after a short battle with cancer. At the young age of 35, she leaves behind two daughters, a loving husband, and a devoted family including her parents, 2020 IREM President Cheryl Gray, CPM® and Rick Gray, CPM®.

Elaina believed that one person could make a difference. She worked as an enterprise project manager for Canada-based real estate firm, Morguard Investments. Her dream was to improve the impact buildings have on our environment by working in sustainability, but sadly, those doors never opened. To honor her passion, Elaina’s parents, Rick and Cheryl Gray, launched Elaina’s Sustainability Fund with a donation of $50,000 to the IREM Foundation in 2019.