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The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Mini Grants

The mission of The Green Initiative Fund is to finance research, promote sustainable practice and encourage student leadership, while fostering an attractive, functional, sustainable, and safe campus. Broad goals of The Green Initiative Fund include:

  • Enrich the intellectual climate and the student experience through educational programs and outreach.
  • Enhance the inclusiveness, civility, respect, integrity and safety of the university community by promoting awareness of the complex, interrelatedness of environmental, economic, and social justice issues.
  • Encourage and foster sustainable design and environmentally sound practices, throughout UNCW's campus.
  • Educate and inspire the community about the benefits of conservation and renewable energy innovation.
  • Model financial practices that are socially and environmentally conscious.
  • Create experiential learning and leadership roles for students.
  • Serve as a sustainable role model for other institutions of higher education, community groups, non-profit organizations, businesses, and governmental bodies

General Guidelines

  • Projects must directly address sustainability on UNCW's campus, or in the capacity that off-campus activities influence sustainability on campus.
  • All applications must have a UNCW faculty or staff advisor.
  • All proposed projects must have a clearly-defined, measurable outcome.
  • Certain projects will need to follow-up on a monthly basis.
  • TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law. TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements and that are unable to gain funding from other sources.
  • If a project is expected to have on-going benefits such as annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and reporting these benefits back to the Grant-Making Committee.
  • Projects must have publicity, education, and/or outreach component.
  • Priority will be given to collaborative educational projects, projects done by two or more UNCW organizations.
  • All projects must have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been disbursed.
  • Projects must have student involvement.
  • Projects shall have received all necessary written approval or demonstrate collaboration with campus departments.
  • Individuals and organizations outside the university are not able to submit project proposals.
  • TGIF is limited in funds and so will be more likely to support projects which have secured partial funding via others means.

ACCEPTABLE USAGE OF THE GREEN INITIATIVE FUND BUDGET

  • Primary materials or products that are a part of sustainability project
  • Purchased and contracted services such as design and consulting
  • Research and testing or monitoring equipment
  • Community education, outreach, and publicity
  • Salary and benefits for professional and student staff
  • Travel to environmentally focused events, conferences, workshops, etc
  • Marketing materials for TGIF approved projects

UNACCEPTABLE USE OF THE GREEN INITIATIVE FUND BUDGET

  • Fossil Fuels (excluding travel)
  • Non-renewable Resources
  • Renewable Energy tags/offsets
  • Budget Shortfalls
  • Food purchases
  • Stipends for non-UNCW students or personnel

Rubric

For an exemplary examples please refer to:

Internship

Project

Application

Please read all instructions carefully.

  • Click on the application above and download to your computer.
  • Fill out the application in its entirety.
    • *hint* it may be beneficial to answer the questions in a Word document and transfer the answers to the application
  • If you use all of page two, you must manually relocate your cursor to page three so script may still be visible.
  • Save the pdf as *applicant's last name*.Fall2017. (ex. Thoreau.Fall2017.pdf)
    • IF YOU DO NOT CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PDF YOUR WORK WILL BE LOST
  • Submit application as a PDF document.
  • Applications are accepted during the months of September and February.

Please contact Kat Pohlman with questions.

All grant recipients are expected to provide the following upon completion of the project:

  • 1 PowerPoint slide on the project/outcomes
  • 500 word essay describing how the project aligns with the broad goals of The Green Initiative Fund
  • A brief statement from each participant about what sustainability means to them personally

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