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 (submit this as soon as possible before writing your proposal to receive early feedback from staff)
- Project Proposal Application
- Budget Excel Document
- Project Approval Form (where applicable)
- Video Pitch (3-4 minutes) or Project Presentation (7-12 minutes)
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.