AGGIE GREEN FUND TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

MAJOR GRANT


If a proposed project costs more than $3,500 and/or will not be completed within six months of fund disbursement, applicants are encouraged to submit a Major Grant application to the Aggie Green Fund Advisory Committee (AGFAC). Applicants should ensure they have reviewed the application overview and are familiar with the evaluation criteria. Preference will be given to projects with strong student involvement and/or that demonstrate the greatest reduction in Texas A&M University’s environmental impact in a cost effective manner.

Requirements

All proposed projects must meet the following requirements for active consideration:

  • Projects must directly address environmental improvements on the Texas A&M College Station campus. Furthermore, the Aggie Green Fund is intended for environmental projects that are not already funded by Texas A&M University.
  • Projects may not primarily address research aims.
  • Where appropriate, projects must have received written confirmation of support by campus officials prior to consideration (see Project Approval form within the application).
  • Projects that propose a change to the physical campus environment must align with the 2017 Campus Master Plan. Examples include permanently installing new equipment, constructing a garden, changing the appearance of a building, etc. If your proposal is selected, your project may be required to obtain approval from the Council on Built Environment (CBE) prior to funds being released.
  • If a project requires CBE approval, the CBE package must be submitted by the applicant’s respective Dean or Vice President.
  • Projects must begin active project implementation by September 15 of the year they receive funding and reach project completion by August 31 of the following year. Projects requiring CBE approval must begin active project implementation within 3 months and reach project completion within 18 months of receiving CBE approval. Projects out of compliance with these requirements must return all funds to the Aggie Green Fund within 30 days unless they have applied for and received an AGFAC extension.
  • All projects must have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funds have been dispersed. At a minimum, a project plan must include a progress report and scorecard. If a project is expected to have on-going benefits such as annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and reporting these benefits back to the AGFAC.
  • Projects should have publicity, education, and outreach considerations.

Application Process

The Major Grant application process is segmented into two phases: the abstract and the full application. Each item has different deadlines for submission. Please reference the Timeline section below for deadlines. To submit application documents, please reference the Submission section at the bottom of this page.

Phase I - Abstract

The application process begins with completing an abstract. The abstract consists of basic background information on your project and allows the AGFAC to become familiar with you and your idea. The AGFAC will review your project and provide initial feedback to help guide you through the full application process.

If your project will likely require CBE approval, you must answer additional abstract questions, and your abstract will be shared with the CBE Sub-Council Chairs for preliminary review.  To be eligible for consideration, you further must secure the support of a Campus Project Partner. This Partner must check Box 3, at minimum, on the Project Approval Form.

Phase II - Full Application

Following AGFAC approval of the abstract, applicants will complete and submit the full application. The application is an in-depth questionnaire that seeks to identify the various strengths and weaknesses of a proposed project. The application enables the AGFAC to ensure that every student's money is spent wisely and on projects that will provide the greatest benefit to Texas A&M and its students.

If a project will require the participation of a campus department or impacts campus operations, applicants are required in their application to include approval(s) from the appropriate department or organization leader(s).

Flowchart

The following flowchart provides a graphical representation of the Major Grant application process as described above.

Timeline

Application deadlines for the Major Grant process vary slightly year-to-year. Deadlines for the most current cycle are as follows:

2018 - 2019

  • September 15, 2018 - Abstract PDF Available
  • September 24, 2018 - Abstract Submission Opens
  • November 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. - Abstract Submission Closes
  • November 20, 2018  - Abstract Approvals Announced
  • November 20, 2018 - Full Application Submission Opens
  • February 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - Full Application Submission Closes
  • February 19, 2018 - Major Grant Recipients Announced

Submit a Major Grant Proposal

The AGFAC looks forward to hearing your ideas and seeing the impacts that students, faculty, and staff can have on Texas A&M University’s campus. The Aggie Green Fund uses the WizeHive grant management system for all project documents. Please use the links below to submit all documents through their respective WizeHive forms.

Phase I – Abstract

You may download this PDF or this Word Document to use when preparing your Major Grant abstract materials.

Phase II – Full Application

Please note new content has been added to the full application for the 2017-18 grant cycle.

You may download this PDF or this Word Document to use when preparing your Major Grant application materials.

Submit your Full Application