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Spring 2022 Mini-Grants are Open!

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides an opportunity to fund initiatives that promote or support environmental sustainability at UNCW. TGIF allocates funds to students, faculty, and staff with projects or research that will enhance the university or student experience in regards to the preservation, conservation, or resiliency of our natural environment.

Approximately $20,000 is available this year. 

Mini-Grant Process


Grants applications will be open on a rolling admission. There will be a fixed amount of money at the beginning of each semester, spring 2021 will be $10,000. Applications received after the fixed amount is used will need to reapply the following semester.

Review Committee

The TGIF Mini-Grant Review Committee is comprised of one undergraduate student, one graduate student, and a staff or faculty member from the Sustainability Committee. Each member reviews applications based on the rubric.


It is highly recommended that you gain written support from essential stakeholders before submitting an application. For example, planting trees requires approval from Landscaping, Building and Grounds Committee, and possibly a building manager. If you have questions about who you should contact you can email questions for guidance.

Students must have a faculty or staff advisor to receive funding. Advisors can not be members of the Review Committee.

Gold Talon Event Support Funding

Please attach a completed Gold Talon Events spreadsheet, if applicable.

General Guidelines

  • Project or research must directly address environmental sustainability on UNCW's campus, or in the capacity that off-campus activities influence sustainability on campus.
  • Applicants must be UNCW students, faculty, or staff.
  • Projects or research must have student involvement.
  • Student applications must have a UNCW faculty or staff advisor.
    • Approved grant funds will be transferred to the faculty or staff advisor's department. The advisor must agree to this transfer and serve as the budget authority once the funds are allocated.
  • Proposed projects or research must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome.
  • 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.
  • Projects or research must have publicity, education, and/or outreach component.
  • The focus of each project or research must be environmental stewardship, and it must also directly support social equity either in implementation or outreach.
  • Priority will be given to collaborative educational projects or research, shared by two or more UNCW organizations.
  • Projects or research must have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been disbursed.
  • Projects or research shall have received all necessary written approval or demonstrate collaboration with campus departments.
    • For example, if you planning to plant a shrub or tree on campus you will need to contact the Physical Plant for a dig permit, Landscape Services for approval, the building manager of the space for approval, and the Building and Grounds Committee for review before submitting your application. If you have not connected with all responsible parties prior, the application will be returned. If you have any questions about who to contact for your project or research, please reach out to Kat Pohlman at
  • TGIF is limited in its funds and so will be more likely to support projects or research which have secured partial funding via others means.
  • Certain applications will need follow-up on a monthly basis
  • TGIF cannot fund travel or food
  • Students, faculty, and staff can be paid up to $10.00 an hour for up to 200 hours for the entire project or research.


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