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

Project proposals submitted in fall 2021 which receive funding must be implemented during the spring 2022 semester, meaning they must be completed within the span of one semester. Project funds must be spent by the end of the 2021-2022 fiscal year (August 2022).

Fall Submission Dates Timeline Items
October 25, 2021 Project proposals are due on Monday, October 25, 2021, at noon CST.
Late October - November 2021 The student-majority We Mean Green Fund Committee meets to evaluate complete, eligible project proposals. 
December 2021 The committee will deliberate and provide funding recommendations to UNT's Division of Student Affairs leadership for final approval.
January 2022 Awarded projects typically received funding and begin implementing their projects by January of the spring semester. 
May 2022 Funded projects conclude by the end of the spring semester (May).
August 2022 Project bills are paid no later than the end of August of the 2021-2022 fiscal year. 

Project proposals submitted in spring 2022 which receive funding will be implemented during the 2022-2023 fiscal year which occurs from September 2022-August 2023, meaning they must be completed within the span of one year.

Spring Submission Dates Timeline Items
February 21, 2022 Project proposals are due on Monday, February 21, 2022, at noon CST.
Late February - March 2022 The student-majority We Mean Green Fund Committee meets to evaluate complete, eligible project proposals. 
March-April 2022 The committee will send invitations to candidates who will deliver a 10-20-minute project presentation for further consideration.
April-May 2022 The committee will deliberate and provide funding recommendations to UNT's Division of Student Affairs leadership for final approval.
September 2022 Projects proposed in the spring typically receive a funding status update and, if awarded, begin implementation by the start of the next UNT fiscal year (September). 
August 2023 Funded projects conclude by the end of the 2022-2023 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 2021 fall proposal review cycle, the We Mean Green Fund Committee may allocate up to $100,000 to support spring projects. Projects that receive funding must conclude by the end of the 2022 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 Form

The Project Proposal Form provides the We Mean Green Fund Committee with a written summary of your proposed project and the context of its feasibility and impact. It also identifies your project team. The Project Proposal Form consists of prompts that must be completed to be considered for funding. Each prompt has a specified word limit; if responses exceed word limits, your proposal may be disqualified from review. Use the provided editable Project Proposal Form and follow its enclosed instructions. 

Budget Excel Document

Project proposals must include a budget that is clearly defined and based on research. Use the provided editable Budget Excel template and follow its enclosed instructions. 

Project Advisor Agreement and Project Approval Forms

All projects require a signed project advisor agreement from a UNT faculty or staff member who will take on the role of project advisor and assist with project implementation and completion.  Please use the Project Advisor Agreement template.

Project Approval Forms

A signed Project Approval Form is requested from project stakeholders whose involvement or approval is necessary for project completion (e.g. UNT departments, faculty, staff, organizations, external units, etc.). Read more details under the Project Approvals tab.

Video Pitch

Candidates must submit a 3-4 minute video that provides the We Mean Green Fund Committee with your personal elevator pitch. To allow for a free range of creativity, a template is not provided. However, video guidelines established in the We Mean Green Fund Project Proposal Guide should be followed.

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 Spring 2022 semester, please email all materials to our office by October 25th, 2021. If you are applying for funding for the Fall 2022 semester, please submit all materials by February 21st, 2022.

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