The Process

Below is a short description of the process from start to finish of a project proposal:

  • The Idea
    It all starts with an idea of how to make UCCS more sustainable. As long as the student, faculty, or staff member has an idea that links to sustainability and moving UCCS forward, they may submit a project application within the academic year.
  • Project Liaisons
    Once an idea is formulated, the project proposer is encouraged to contact the Green Action Fund Grant Coordinator. They will guide the proposer through the process and help fine tune their proposal to make it strong in terms of the five pillars the committee uses to rate the project for potential funding.
  • Grant Applications
    After initial discussions with the Green Action Fund Grant Coordinator, the project may be submitted to the GAF committee for review. The application is evaluated based on its contribution to each of the following GAF pillars and the University's Sustainability Strategic Plan

Green Action Fund Pillars

  1. Reduction of ecological footprint
  2. Increased student involvement
  3. Education and outreach
  4. Long-term feasibility
  5. Scope of impact at UCCS

There are a few variations of grant applications which include a small grant ($1-$14,999), a large grant ($15,000+), a seed research grant, and a sustainable conference grant. Please review the deadlines to make sure you are in compliance with the specific grant you are pursuing. 

  • Presentations
    Proposers will schedule a time with the GAF Grant Coordinator to present to the GAF committee at one of their general meetings. This presentation will provide more in-depth information for the committee to review along with scheduled time for questions and answers for clarification.
  • Kickoff Meeting
    If a project is approved, a kickoff meeting will be scheduled with the proposer and the GAF Grant Coordinator along with any other engaged persons. The purpose of this meeting is to complete an agreement of mutual understanding in regards to funding, project completion, and maintenance.
  • Follow Up
    The committee will ask the proposer(s) to complete a final document on their project. They may also be asked to present a follow-up on the project as it is meaningful to the committee to see what happened with the projects and how they can continue to support the proposers by spreading awareness.