Green Grant Proposals

Have you noticed something unsustainable on campus and want to do something about it? Do you have a workshop idea, lesson plan or exciting project in mind and just need some support? The SEC can be your facilitator! Come talk to us about your idea or shoot us an email at We will talk to you about writing a Green Grant proposal. Past examples have included: Community workshops at Burton Street Garden, Invasive plant management tools and work days, film screenings and speaker events. 

Proposal Criteria

After you have talked to us, keep in mind these criteria when composing a Green Grant:

  • Your Contact Information
  • Title of Project
  • What you are trying to do. Why is it important?
  • How it improves campus sustainability
  • Timeline
  • Itemized Budget

Green Grant Proposal Example

Title of Project: 4th Annual Mindfulness Festival

Mindfulness Festival is a community-building event held annually on the quad of UNC Asheville. This event brings together local musicians, artists, vendors, workshop facilitators, and more to create a day full of information exchange in light of environmental awareness and mindfulness practices. This year, the event falls on Earth Day, and we will emphasize more heavily the environmental theme. This gathering is critical in bridging the gap between campus affiliates and community members, while creating a platform for empowering lifestyle changes.

This event improves campus sustainability firstly as being a zero-waste event. Food vendors are required to use compostable utensils, and we do not excessively print schedules and the like. The stage is also entirely powered by a local solar company, Sundance Power. The keynote speaker this year is the owner of an eco-institute, who will speak on the intersection of mindfulness and environmentalism. The title of her speech will be Mindful Ecology.


March 22nd- all facilitators confirmed
April 1st- finalized poster released
April 22nd- day of event (keynote speaker 3:15-4:15pm)

Itemized budget:

Solar trailer - $350
Keynote speaker Megan Toben- $250
Total: $600

Template for Green Grants

Click Green Grant Template for an outline to guide you in your Green Grant Proposal!

Green Grant FAQ

What is a Green Grant?

Green Grants are used by students on campus to acquire funding from the SEC that will improve the sustainability on the campus of UNCA. We welcome as wide a range of students and disciplines as possible, so please approach us with any ideas. We are always receptive to hearing about how projects can help improve campus sustainability. Be creative in your proposal and we are willing to work with you on the proposal to ensure it adds to campus sustainability.

What makes a successful Green Grant?

A well written Green Grant follows the proposal outline and provides a detailed breakdown of all costs and expenses and rationale for the project.

Do I need to be partnered with an organisation?

No, you do not need to be partnered with an organization. However, in the past we have had students partnered with their departments, individual professors or staff, and off campus organizations. If you do partner with a department or organization please have a representative send a brief letter of recommendation, stating they are supporting the project, to our email with a the subject heading (Project Name) (Organization Name) recommendation.

Where can I learn more about Green Grants?

We are looking to have at least three information sessions before the application deadline so you can have the opportunity to talk with the SEC about how to create a good green grant.

Who can apply for a green grant?

Any student at the University of North Carolina Asheville can apply for a Green Grant.

What kinds of projects have been approved for Green Grants?

We have had a wide array of projects approved for Green Grants ranging from: Community workshops at Burton Street Garden, Invasive plant management tools and work days, film screenings, recycling old tents and speaker events.

When will I hear back about Green Grants?

It depends on the semester, we will be posting the dates on our website.

Can I apply for a Green Grant multiple times?

Yes, feel free to apply as many times as you like, but we recommend brainstorming with us after an application if you wish to reapply.