Selection Process

Interested in Applying for a TGIF Mini-Grant (Fall Semester) or TGIF Grant (Spring Semester)?

When are the 2016-2017 Funding Deadlines?

Fall Semester
TGIF Fall Mini-Grant Application Due: Friday, October 21, 2016 by 5pm

Spring Semester
TGIF Early Abstract Submission Due: Monday, January 30, 2017 by 5pm
TGIF Final Abstract Submission or Early Abstract Resubmission Due: Monday, February 27, 2017 by 5pm
TGIF Grant Application Due (Invitees from the Abtract Stage): Monday, April 3, 2017 by 5pm

Who is eligible and how can I apply?
All students, staff, or faculty at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply to The Green Initiative Fund.

The fall mini-grant application is for small, one-time projects that must be completed within the same academic year in which they receive funding. There is only one stage and applicants must apply by October 16, 2015 by 5pm. Requests must be between $500-$2,000.

The spring grant program will give preference to larger and longer-timeline projects. Applicants must first submit an abstract form by one of two possible deadlines, January 29, 2016 by 5pm OR February 26, 2016 by 5pm, before they are invited by the TGIF Committee to submit a final application by April 5, 2016 at 5pm. Not all applicants will be invited to submit in April. Requests must be greater than $2,000.


What are the requirements for a TGIF grant application?

  • Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus, or in the capacity that on-campus activities influence sustainability off campus. All proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome.
  • Project proposals may be submitted by UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. Individuals and organizations outside of UC Berkeley may not submit proposals.
  • Projects must have received written confirmation of support by appropriate campus officials prior to consideration. TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Berkeley policy directive. TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements and that are unable to gain funding from other sources. (Consult the UC Policy Guidelines for Sustainable Practices for more information)
  • All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. At minimum, a project plan must include a report made to the TGIF Committee after implementation. 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 TGIF Committee.
  • Projects must have publicity, education, and outreach considerations.
  • Fall mini-grant requests must be $500-$2,000Spring grant requests must be greater than $2,000.
  • Applicants must submit all required documents for each grant cycle. These include the application submission form, any project approvals, and the TGIF Metrics spreadsheet. 
  • Applicants must answer all questions within the submission forms and follow the directions for submitting application materials.

Preference is given to:

  • Projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Berkeley’s environmental impact for the least cost.
  • Projects that can repay The Green Initiative Fund.
  • Projects with high visibility.
  • Projects with strong student involvement. A minimum of 20% of funds disbursed will be set aside for projects with direct student involvement.

Who selects the grant winners?
Projects are selected by the student-majority TGIF Committee, which is composed of UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty.

When selecting abstracts in Stage I, the Committee uses the grant requirements and preferences listed in the TGIF Bylaws to structure their votes and abstract feedback. These requirements and preferences can also be found on the Develop Your Grant page.

The Committee uses a scoresheet to vote in Stage II on the final grant applications and select recipients for grant awards. The Committee also uses this scoresheet when selecting the mini-grants.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.