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.
For the FY22 academic year, in addition to projects that help meet the goals of the UNCG Climate Action Plan, proposals that address one of the following categories are encouraged:
Just Sustainabilities - proposals that educate, explore, or advance topics of racial justice and social equity at UNCG and surrounding communities that promote sustainable development.
Sustainability Education and Outreach - proposals that call for the participation of scholars and community members in sustainability initiatives at UNCG.
This is 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.
The application deadline is at 5 p.m. on the 1st day of the month during the following months within the academic year: September, October, November, February, March, and April. Applications requesting more than $1,000 or that require changes to campus infrastructure are only accepted on October 1st and March 1st. 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, 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 department sufficient as a partner in implementing the project, including financial aspects. All proposals submitted by students must have a commitment from a UNCG faculty or staff member 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 are the responsibility of the applicant.