Photos by Leysha Caraballo.

UNC Charlotte’s student-led organization Charlotte Green Initiative (CGI), is accepting proposals once again for green projects. For the spring semester, the organization is accepting small grant proposals opposed to the larger grant requests of the fall. Any UNC Charlotte student can write a proposal and submit it for review. The Committee recommends writing grant proposals for a maximum of $1000, but they are flexible.

An application can be found on the CGI website which asks for a project description, budget, timeline and justification. It is important to have a connection within the university system — like a specific department — to assist in the project and its development, as well as the continuation for future years.

Recent additions to the campus have been water bottle filling stations and the new bike rack in front of Prospector. Some CGI completed projects in the past include the Zero Waste Football Stadium and the addition of compost bins across campus. New plants are waiting to be planted at the community garden from CGI funds.

“Overall, this is the perfect time and method for students to get their ideas heard and make positive change on campus. Students help support the green fee fund and we want as many as possible to utilize it,” said Head of the CGI Kaitlyn Chapman. “Even if it is still in the early stages. We have the resources available to help bring a good idea into fruition with your help.”

Proposals are not limited to individual students, but are open to fraternities, sororities and other campus organizations as well.

The committee will be reviewing the proposals after the due date of April 25. Click this link for further instructions and to submit yours: http://cgi.uncc.edu/cgi-challenge.

If you are interested in presenting a proposal, but do not have the time to submit it by April 25, wait until the fall deadline, which will most likely be in early November.

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