Application Deadline February 28, 2017
The University Green Fund provides grants for projects that promote social, economic and environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at Salisbury University with an emphasis on the priorities of the current Climate Action Plan. The concept of the Green Fund program was proposed by the Student Government Association and passed by student votes. The student fee that supports the Green Fund is used exclusively for Green Fund grants and related promotional costs. All expenditures are reviewed and approved by the Green Fund Board which is comprised of 5 students, 3 staff and 1 faculty member. Any funds not used on grants or promotions are rolled over to the following year.
Who Can Apply for Funds?
Current students, faculty and staff of Salisbury University may apply for funds. Students may apply for funds on behalf of a student organization or to fund their own projects. However, a student applicant must have a faculty or staff advisor for his/her project. Similarly, staff and faculty applicants must have student participation in order for their application to be considered. The roles of the students must be clearly defined on the application.
What kind of projects are possible?
Projects may include, but are not limited to, projects that reduce the amount of waste produced or materials consumed on campus, lower energy consumption, increased renewable energy supply, encourage sustainable behaviors, or that integrate sustainability into teaching, research and service at SU. Educational and demonstration projects are eligible so long as they will clearly lead to future reductions and/or support the goals identified in the Climate Action Plan.
How long will I have to finish my project?
Projects must be completed within one year from the date that funding is allocated. Multiple-year projects will be considered, but only one year of funding will be awarded per successful application. Additional years of funding will require re-submission each year. At the end of a project, all deliverables outlined on the grant form must be documented and submitted to the Green Fund chair. It is the responsibility of the primary contact and the faculty/staff to fulfill those obligations.
What if my project doesn’t go as planned?
On occasion, unforeseen circumstances may affect a project delivery schedule or other aspects. Applicants may petition the committee for additional time or modifications to their project scope or funding. The committee will review petitions on a case-by-case basis and only once per project. Petitions must clearly state their circumstance, remedy and changes to their deliverables, as applicable.
What projects have already been proposed?
Click here for information on ongoing and past projects.
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What is the application process?
How are applications evaluated?
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received and must meet the minimum criteria for consideration. If the committee has questions regarding an application, the primary contact will be notified that a brief presentation is needed. The student(s) on the project will provide a short overview of the project and answer questions posed by the committee. Once all questions are satisfactorily answered, the applicant will be excused and notified later regarding the outcome of the vote.
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What is expected in the “Objective and Implementation Plan” section?
This is the big picture for the project and should answer: “what are you doing and how will you do it?” The following items must be considered for a project, not all items are applicable for all projects. However, if these questions are not adequately answered, the project may be denied or delayed for a presentation.
What is expected in the “Is this project related to the current priorities if the Campus Sustainability Committee?” section?
What is expected in the “Does this project have a financial payback?” section? This varies by project, but if the project will reduce utilities or some other type of savings, you should discuss the savings. If the estimated savings can be calculated, the project cost divided by the amount saved per year is the number of years for a payback.
What is expected in the “Deliverables” section?
What is expected in the “Budget” section?
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