Fund Your We Mean Green Fund Project


Project Eligibility Criteria

Connection to Campus: Projects should directly address environmental sustainability on the University of North Texas campus or in the capacity that on-campus activities directly influence environmental sustainability in the surrounding community. 

Environmental Benefits: Projects should demonstrate a reduction in UNT’s carbon footprint or provide other environmental benefits such as (but not limited to) stormwater management, biodiversity, conservation, waste reduction, clean energy & transport, etc.

Feasibility and Institutional Support: Projects should be feasible and have written confirmation of support from appropriate campus entities prior to submission. All projects must have the support of a UNT faculty or staff advisor who is committed to advising the project throughout its implementation and seeing it to completion.

Appropriateness of Schedule and Budget Request: Projects must have a feasible timeline and budget that are clearly defined and based on research. 

Student Experience: Projects include opportunities for student involvement and/or will positively impact the student experience. Direct student involvement in project planning and implementation is strongly encouraged. 

Education and Outreach: Projects consider education and outreach opportunities and include these elements as part of the project implementation plan. 

Metrics: Projects have clearly defined, measurable outcomes, backed by metrics.

Potential for Broad Application: Projects have the potential to be scalable across campus.

Self-Sufficiency: Projects should be self-sufficient without the need for continued management from the green fund. Project implementation should not rely exclusively on green fund staff for completion. Project leadership is the responsibility of the candidates who submit the proposal.

While not required, preference may be given to projects that can obtain matching funds from sources beyond the green fund or include a plan for sustained funding.

Project Timeline

Quick-Proposals applications are for projects that conclude within a semester. For fall funding, the project must be completed by the end of Fall 2022. For spring funding, implementation begins in January 2023. Spring semester projects which receive funding must be completed by the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Project funds must be spent by the end of the 2021-2022 fiscal year (August 2022).

Fall Submission Dates Timeline Items
September 18th, 2022 Quick-Proposals are due to be considered for Fall 2022 funding implementation.
October 16th, 2022 Quick-Proposal applications are due to be considered for Spring 2023 funding and implementation. Spring semester project proposals are due to be considered for Spring 2023 funding and implementation.
November 2022 Project teams for spring semester project proposals will present to the student-majority We Mean Green Fund Committee (WMGFC).* *Presentation Dates TBD, connect with the WMGF for the most updated information.
December 2022 Project teams may be invited for follow-up presentations to the We Mean Green Fund Committee. The committee will deliberate and provide funding recommendations to UNT’s Division of Student Affairs leadership for final approval.
January 2023 Awarded projects typically receive funding and begin implementation by January of the spring semester.
May 2023 Funded projects anticipated to conclude by the end of the spring semester (May).
August 2023 Project bills are paid no later than the end of August of the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Project proposals submitted in the Spring 2023 submission cycle which receive funding will be implemented during the 2023-2024 fiscal year which occurs from September 2023-August 2024, meaning they must be completed within the span of one year.

Spring 2023 Submission Dates Timeline Items
March 12th, 2023 General project proposal materials for implementation for the 2023-2024 academic year are due.
Late March- Early April 2023 Project teams for spring semester project proposals will present to the student-majority We Mean Green Fund Committee (WMGFC).* Project teams may be invited for follow-up presentations to the We Mean Green Fund Committee. *Presentation Dates TBD, connect with the WMGF for the most updated information.
May 2023 The committee will deliberate and provide funding recommendations to UNT’s Division of Student Affairs leadership for final approval.
September 2023 Projects proposed in the spring typically receive funding and begin implementation by the start of the next UNT fiscal year (September).
August 2024 Funded projects conclude by the end of the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Project Approvals

If your project proposes physical changes to the university or new campus practices or procedures that will impact any department’s functions or operations, you will be required to submit a Project Approval Form from appropriate campus entities confirming their support/approval of the project. Signed Project Approval Forms are requested from all project stakeholders whose involvement or approval is necessary for project completion. If you need assistance in identifying the entities from which your project might require approval, contact We Mean Green Fund staff at WeMeanGreenFund@unt.edu.

Below are examples of potentially necessary project approvers depending on the project scope.

Art in Public Places Committee – oversees acquisition, placement, maintenance, and insurance for artwork installations

Athletics – oversees sporting events and activities

Building Managers/Proctors – oversees building-specific maintenance and operations

Deans or Department Chairs – oversees academic unit or area of concern to support students

Design Review Board – oversees approvals for any new building project such as ones related to improvements or construction affecting the campus exterior public space, existing building appearance, landscape, or campus aesthetic

Dining Services – oversees campus dining operations including retail options

Facilities – oversees construction, grounds maintenance, recycling, custodial, vehicle rentals, campus maintenance, key requests, and event support services

Housing – oversees residence life and residence halls

Risk Management – oversees emergency management, safety services, environmental health and safety, and insurance and claims

Student Affairs – provides students with support for academic success, social engagement, and personal/professional growth thorough various departments

Transportation Services – oversees campus parking and transit

University Brand Strategy and Communications – oversees UNT's branding approval, social media, advertising, and news and media relations

Funding Availability

During the 2022 Fall proposal review cycle, the We Mean Green Fund Committee may allocate up to $70,512.64 to support spring projects. Projects that receive funding must conclude by the end of the 2023 spring semester; therefore, the scope and budget of each project must be manageable by the deadline. Projects with smaller budgets of $20,000 or less have a stronger likelihood of receiving funding. However, you may propose a larger budget.

What You Need To Submit 

For complete instructions and details about proposal requirements, review the We Mean Green Fund Project Proposal Guide.

A complete We Mean Green Fund project proposal includes the following materials. Editable forms will be sent via email upon submission of an interest form.

Interest Form

By submitting an Interest Form you express to the We Mean Green Fund staff that you are interested in applying for project funding. Submit one Interest Form per project to briefly define your project idea to the green fund staff. Interest Forms can be submitted at any time. After you submit an Interest Form, staff can offer feedback, confirm feasibility, connect you with appropriate campus entities, advisors, or team members, and provide guidance on how to move forward successfully and best compose your project proposal as a compelling narrative for the We Mean Green Fund Committee's review. If you have multiple members on your project team, only one individual needs to submit this form. 

Project Proposal Application

The Project Proposal Application provides the We Mean Green Fund Committee with a summary of your proposed project and the context of its feasibility and impact. It also identifies your project team and project advisor. The Project Proposal Application consists of prompts which must be completed to be considered for funding. In this application, you will submit information about how your project addresses environmental sustainability on campus, as well as provide information about the project timeline and budget. All We Mean Green Fund projects require a full-time UNT staff or faculty member to be an advisor for the project. This individual is responsible for aiding in the maintenance and implementation of the project throughout the project's lifespan and beyond the students’ graduation if necessary.

Supplemental Budget Document

Project proposals must include a budget that is clearly defined and based on research. In addition to, or instead of the budget on the Project Proposal Application, project leads may use the provided Budget Excel template. When developing the budget, consider the project’s needs for equipment, general materials or supplies, construction, publicity and marketing, personnel and wages, consultants, and more. Proposals including construction may require the assistance of a professional UNT cost estimator. Consult with the Green Fund staff first for budgeting or cost estimating questions.

Project Approval Forms

If your project proposes physical changes to the university or new campus practices or procedures that will impact any department’s functions or operations, you must submit a Project Approval Form from appropriate campus entities confirming their support/approval of the project. Signed Project Approval Forms are requested from all project stakeholders whose involvement or approval is necessary for project completion (e.g., UNT faculty, staff, departments, organizations, external units, etc.).  Read more details under the Project Approvals tab.

Project Presentation or Video Pitch

Projects requesting funding over $3,000 must submit either a video pitch (MP4 file) or a present to the We Mean Green Fund committee. The goal of this presentation, or pitch, is to convey the importance of your project idea in a way that demonstrates your passion for advancing your sustainability mission on campus. The presentation or pitch should not use the written proposal as a word-for-word script; this presentation is supplemental and should help amplify your narrative with additional information, giving the committee a greater understanding of your project and intentions. When determining if your project team should submit a video or participate in a live presentation, consider that live presentations provide the opportunity to interact with and answer questions from the committee members. Choose what makes the most sense for your project and project team. Live presentations opportunities are not guaranteed until all proposal documents have been submitted and approved by the required campus and community partners. 

Presentations and video pitches should include the following information, at minimum: 

    • A passionate, yet brief, description of what your project is and why you are proposing it 

    • A mention of the project team (students, faculty, staff, departments, etc.) and who you will be working with to achieve the project. 

    • The budget request for your project 

    • How your project will impact the campus community (student impact and environmental impact) 

Time Limit: Video pitches are limited to 5 minutes, and live presentations are limited to 10 minutes including a question-and-answer session.

Questions & Accessibility

If you have questions or require a reasonable accommodation to complete your proposal because of a disability, please contact the WMGF team at 940-565-4587 or WeMeanGreenFund@unt.edu for assistance. Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange reasonable accommodation.

Ready to Submit?

If you have completed all of the above steps, please email all of the above documents and files to WeMeanGreenFund@unt.edu. If you are applying for funding for the Fall 2022 semester, please email all materials to our office by September 18th, 2022. If you are applying for funding for the Spring 2023 semester, please submit all materials by October 16th, 2022. If you are applying for funding for the Fall 2023 semester, please submit all materials by March 12th, 2023.

Project Inspiration

Need some 'greenspiration'  for a project idea? Check out the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and get creative to address sustainable development locally! The 17 goals were adopted in 2015 as a "universal call to action to protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030." Please note, We Mean Green Fund project proposals must have an environmentally-focused core as they are funded through the Environmental Service Fee. 

Sustainable Development Goals