UA Green Fund


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The University of Arizona Green Fund is a unique approach to campus sustainability. Approved by the Board of Regents in 2010, the fund allocates up to $400,000 each year to support projects that make UArizona a more sustainable place to live, work, and learn.

Applications are now being accepted for Mini Grants. APPLY HERE.

NEWS FROM THE GREEN FUND COMMITTEE:

March 23, 2021 Update:

As a result of student activism in 2010, the UArizona, with ABOR's approval, enacted a tuition carve-out that was to provide funding for campus sustainability. Annually the Office of Sustainability is funded ($200,000) and the University of Arizona Green Fund is funded ($400,000). The Green Fund has been soliciting university-wide annual grant proposals from the UArizona community every fall since its inception.

As of next fiscal year, July 1, 2021, the UArizona would like to consolidate sustainability program resources and envisions merging the Office of Sustainability and the Green Fund. Moving forward, all funds would be allocated by the Office of Sustainability with direction provided by an advisory board. 

Please review the proposal as summited for the Green Fund's consideration, Accelerating Campus Sustainability Climate Action (002) to get a better understanding of what will happen to the Green Fund next fiscal year and beyond. 

A forum was held on March 12, 2021 as to the proposal to merge the Office of Sustainability and the UArizona Green Fund. The Zoom forum was well attended by sixty plus (60+) students, faculty, and staff. Of significant note, UArizona alumni who worked to get the Sustainability Fee passed as well as those who served on the Green Fund Committee previously provided significant feedback about the proposal during the event. 

The forum can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cZpxqFxd-o

On March 23, 2021 the UArizona Green Fund had an open wherein they reviewed mini grant proposals, opened the floor for community participation as to the proposal to close the Green Fund, and took a formal vote as to the matter. 3.26.2021 GF Open Meeting.pdf

The Green Fund Committee is working hard to determine next steps and will update the site as information becomes available. The committee will hold the last public open meeting on 04.30.2021 at 3:00 p.m. and will provide a Zoom link to the meeting as it becomes available.

The committee thanks you for helping the UArizona become a more sustainable place to live, work and learn.

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Through its Annual Grants and Mini Grant programs, the Green Fund supports sustainability-related projects proposed by any member of the UA community, and encourages collaborations between students, faculty, and staff. In the past, the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice provided additional funding via the usual Annual Grant and Mini Grant funding process for projects that provided socially just solutions to environmental problems.

Notably, all grants are awarded by a committee of ten graduate and undergraduate students, which means the decisions behind this student-funded program are made by students.

The submission period for Mini Grant Proposals will begin soon and end mid-April (or until funding is exhausted).  Learn more about Mini Grant proposals here.

The Green Fund Rubric can be found here.

The Green Fund annual survey results: Student Services Fee and Green Fund Report 2019.pdf

Projects - A complete history of all Green Fund projects is available via the links below.

Which group of funding applications would you like to see?

Mini Grants
Mini Grants fund projects up to $2,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through March, or until all funds have been allocated for the academic year. All funds must be used within 6 months of notification and must be completed by June 30th. The Green Fund can allocate up to $30,000 per Fiscal Year for Mini Grant Projects. 

Annual Grants
Green Fund Annual Grants are accepted beginning in early November. There is no budget limit for Annual Grants, and projects can be accomplished over 1-3 years. Funds are available at the beginning of each academic year.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 31, 2021

Last day to submit Annual Grant Proposals. GF Committee applications accepted. 

February 5, 2021 

Green Fund Meeting, will review PAR’s & Mini Grants submitted by January 31, 2021. Applicants will be apprised of funding status via email.

March 12, 2021

Green Fund open forum meeting: Watch the forum on YouTube here.

March 26, 2021

Green Fund Meeting, will review PAR’s & Mini Grants. PAR's and Mini Grants must be submitted by March 16, 2021. Applicants will be apprised of funding status via email.

April 1, 2021

Stop accepting GF Committee Applications. Applicants will be contacted for electronic interview.

April 30, 2021

Green Fund Meeting, will review PAR’s & Mini Grants submitted by noon, April 21, 2021. Applicants will be apprised of funding status via email.

Apply For Funding

Annual Grant Project applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back later.

Apply To Be A Board Member

Board Membership applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back later.

Important Information

The Green Fund will hold its last open meeting on Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 3:00 p.m. The Committee will provide an update as to future of the committee before they sign off for the semester.

Join the Zoom meeting at https://arizona.zoom.us/j/85493971196