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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a grant from the Green Fund?

Current UNCG faculty, staff, or students can apply for funding. Student applicants are required to obtain a faculty or staff adviser, who agrees to serve as the supervisor for the project. Applicants may only apply for funding for one project at a time and may not submit another application until their first project is completed and a final report submitted. See more info below.

When can I apply?

The application deadline is at 5 p.m. on the 1st day of the following months: September, October, November, February, March, and April. Applications requesting more than $1,000 will be accepted on March 1st and April 1st during the spring semester of 2022 (updated 2/14/22). The Committee does not review proposals during the winter and summer breaks. All applications must be signed and emailed to by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

How long does it take to receive an answer from the committee?

Applicants can expect to have an answer within four weeks after submitting a proposal on the 1st of the month. The Committee may request additional information or clarification during their deliberation period. Applicants could also be asked to revise and resubmit their application, which would extend the process – see more below concerning funding outcomes.

What are the reporting requirements of the Green Fund?

We want to ensure that our funds are being implemented responsibly. We also want to help promote your project and ensure the continuing success of the Green Fund. After your project has been approved for funding, you are required to submit a final report within two months of your expected completion date. Those who fail to submit a final report will be ineligible to request funding for other projects until the report is submitted. Your availability to media outlets at UNCG (UNCG Weekly, UNCG News, UNCG Research, social media, etc.) is also greatly appreciated.

Can my project be partially funded by another source?

Yes. You will need to disclose additional funding sources, if any, on your Green Fund application. If you have additional funding available, we ask that you be conscientious in the amount of support you request from the Green Fund.

If I am unsure about some of the costs, can I put estimates and then clarify those costs later?

The Green Fund Committee needs to make informed decisions, so the more specific and accurate your budget projections, the better. If changes in your proposed budget occur, please contact the committee as soon as possible.

What is the maximum amount provided to fund a project?

The Fund typically has an annual operating budget of $58,000. Over the past 5 years, the Fund has awarded an average of 11 projects annually, with an average cost of $5,600 per project. Individual projects have ranged in cost from $300 to $20,000. There is no minimum requirement. Additionally, applicants can request funding to support a project for up to four years.

What types of projects qualify for potential funding?

There are three categories which fit broadly within Green Fund guidelines:

  • Education / Community Outreach
  • Research
  • Infrastructure Development

Projects will be considered on the following factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Clarity of presentation: Provides a clear outline of goals, budget, relevance, and implementation plan.
  • Relevance to UNCG’s Climate Action Plan: Provides a clear understanding of the plan and addresses a number of the fundamentals of UNCG’s definition of sustainability (economics, environment, social equity, and aesthetics).
  • Desirability: Clearly demonstrates how the project will enhance multiple stakeholders on campus.
  • Benefit to Students: The project offers professional development opportunities to students or has a direct impact on their lives and interactions on campus. Quantity doesn’t always equal quality. Projects that only involve one or handful of students but provide a high quality experience are equally important and acceptable.
Can I reapply for funding if I did not get approved this year or if I want to do my project again next year?

Yes. If your project is not initially approved to receive funding you will receive a letter from the Green Fund Committee stating the reason for the decision; your project may not meet the qualifications or you may be asked to revise your submission for future consideration. Successful projects may be available for funding again the next academic year, but you are still required to submit a new proposal.

Are there any expenses not covered by the Green Fund?

The Green Fund is funded by student activity fees, which cannot be used to pay any type of compensation to State employees. Nor will the Green Fund consider or reimburse projects that have already been completed before receiving approval from the Green Fund committee.

Departments requesting funding to pay for student labor are responsible for completing the necessary paperwork to hire students and are responsible for paying the students. The Green Fund must be provided Banner records as proof of payment to process reimbursment via a Journal Voucher. The Fund prefers to reimburse at the end of the project or once a semester for long term projects, but can remiburse as needed upon request. Departments should keep in mind that Student Activity Fees cannot be transferred to State Funds.

What are the funding outcomes for my project?

The Green Fund Committee can vote in one of four ways on proposals.

Fund as proposed
The Committee sees no issues and would like to fund the proposal completely as written.

Fund with conditions
The Committee would like to see this project funded with additional conditions met before funding can be released. Those conditions may include reporting on previous projects, clarification of specific points, consultation of a specific party on campus, or an adjustment to the project that will not significantly alter the project or budget.

Revise and resubmit
The Committee is interested in funding the project, but sees significant adjustments that would need to be made such that a revised project scope would warrant another full Committee review. The proposers may submit a revised proposal at any point to be considered at the next meeting of the full Committee meeting regardless of dollar amount.

Not funded
The Committee is not interested in using its current resources to fund the proposal.

I've been awarded a grant, now what?

Congratulations! The Office of Sustainability will be in contact with an agreement letter that contains general reporting requirements and any conditions of the award, if applicable. The Office of Sustainability will work with you and your department’s administrator to determine and coordinate a best course of action. In most cases, the Office of Sustainability can purchase supplies and equipment on behalf of the applicant.

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