The UNCG Green Fund Committee is pleased to invite proposals from UNCG students and employees for efforts that support sustainability initiatives at UNCG.
Projects may be for campus infrastructure, sustainability education, research, or professional development that benefits students. The tangible benefits of all funded projects must be distributed in a manner that they are reasonably expected to accrue to UNCG students.
This academic year, to quickly support and empower our campus community's response to the pandemic, the Committee is particularly soliciting and will give special consideration to proposals that address and combat the spread of the current pandemic. Examples of such projects include, but are not limited to: bottle refill stations and automatic sensors for sinks, urinals, light switches, etc. that reduce points of contact, and research on the relationship between environmental degradation and its impact on the health of communities. This is just a prioritization, not a limitation. The Committee will still consider projects that address other issues. All projects must still have an element related to sustainability.
Additionally, this academic year, the Committee will allow for proposals of any amount to be submitted during any month to fast track projects and move as quickly as possible in our efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. However, due to this period of economic uncertainty, the Committee will only consider projects that can be completed within one year of being awarded funding. Applicants are still encouraged to think long term but should be aware they will have to apply for project renewal in FY22.
The application deadline is at 5 p.m. on the 1st day of the month during months within the academic year. The Committee does not review proposals during the winter and summer breaks. Applicants can expect a decision on the funding outcome of their proposal within four weeks after submission given the applications are received by the deadline. Funds may not be used as reimbursement for projects already completed, and therefore a realistic amount of lead time should be given in order for proposals to be eligible for review.
Applicants must either be able to carry out their proposed activities on their own or have secured commitment from an appropriate campus unit sufficient as a partner in implementing the project, including all financial aspects. All proposals submitted by students must have a commitment from a UNCG department to supervise the proposed project. Commitments from partnering units must be evidenced by a signature on proposals. Carrying out a project includes ensuring that the project follows all applicable campus policies and procedures for student fee monies as well as any State and Federal laws, including but not limited to ensuring the Green Fund student fee monies are not commingled with university general operating funds and that full documentation of expenditures are assembled for financial auditing purposes.
Any proposal for modifications to campus grounds or facilities must go through the Facilities Design & Construction (FDC) review process prior to making an application to the Green Fund. In that process, FDC staff will bring into the project review process appropriate staff from Facilities Operations, Environmental Health & Safety, Parking Operations, etc. who can help identify issues, solutions, opportunities, and costs. This process can potentially take several months from start to finish for even the smallest scale projects. Fund applicants should plan accordingly. FDC project review and construction services fees may be included in project budgets.