Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When and How Was the Green Fund Established?
  2. How is the Green Fund Financially Supported?
  3. Is the Fee Mandatory?
  4. What Kinds of Projects Does the Fund Support?
  5. When can Proposals be Submitted?
  6. Who Can Apply for Support?
  7. Do Other Universities Have Similar Funds?
  8. How will the Fund be Administered?
  9. How Can Students Apply to be Part of the Green Fund Committee?
  10. What is a "P-Card Holder"?

1. When and How Was the Green Fund Established?

In April 2014 ASWU Senate voted on a proposed Green Fund constitution and held a campus-wide referendum where a majority of voting undergraduate students supported the establishment of the Green Fund program.

 


2. How is the Green Fund Financially Supported?

Willamette University's Green Fund program is supported by a $25 per student per semester fee. Currently only non-ASP undergraduate students are charged the fee.


3. Is the Fee Mandatory?

Students are automatically charged the fee but are provided with an opt-out option via web advisor each semester if they do not want to support the program. If a student opts out of the fee in the fall they will be automatically opted out in the spring as well. Deadlines for opting out are set approximately two weeks after the beginning of classes each semester and all students are notified via email about a week before the deadline.


4. What Kinds of Projects Does the Fund Support?

The fund supports a diversity of proposals developed by students, staff, and faculty that advance sustainability, equity, and social justice at Willamette University and in the community. Examples range from standardizing recycle bins and signs across campus to funding social justice speakers to supporting the mentoring of underrepresented students. Regardless, as a student-fee supported program, projects should should contribute to the engagement and education of our undergraduate students.

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5. When can Proposals be Submitted?

See the Apply for Funding page for more information about submitting proposals. Typically, the committee calls for proposals three times over the course of the academic year.

1. In September, the committee calls for the first round of "mini-grant" proposals (due on a bi-weekly basis during the fall semester).

2. In late January/early February, the committee calls for the second round of "mini-grant" proposals (due on a bi-weekly basis during the spring semester).

3. In late February, proposals for "annual grants" with budgets larger than $3000 are due to the committee.

"Annual grants" typically fund projects that extend over the course of the summer and into the next academic year, thus the proposals are reviewed with this timeframe in mind, rather than over the course of the academic year.

 


6. Who Can Apply for Support?

The Green Fund Committee will accept proposals from students, staff, and faculty. The Committee encourages students to work with staff and/or faculty on proposal ideas and to consult with the non-voting members of the Green Fund Committee who can help shape a proposal idea that fits with university policy, planning, and practice. As the Green Fund is a student fee, Faculty and staff projects should focus on benefiting students.


7. Do Other Universities Have Similar Funds?

The Green Fund builds on the experience of over 150 universities that have established similar funds over the past ten years. Many are student-fee based and most put students in decision-making roles to fund projects that can be proposed by students, staff, and faculty.


8. How will the Fund be Administered?

The program is administered by a committee of voting students and three non-voting advisory staff. The Willamette University Sustainability Institute is the administrative home for the program. Details about committee actions and processes can be found in the Green Fund bylaws.


9. How Can Students Apply to be Part of the Green Fund Committee?

The current committee will solicit applications from students in April to fill all but two student seats. The two remaining student seats are appointed by ASWU. Students interested in being part of the Committee may send an email to wu-greenfund@willamette.edu for more information.


10. What is a "P-Card Holder"?

A “P-Card holder” is a staff or faculty person that has a University credit card that allows them to make purchases through the University’s accounting system. For proposals, a P-Card holder should be someone who is willing to assist the proposal authors in needed accounting related tasks such as purchasing or hiring for a project.