Spring Grants

The spring grant program gives preference to larger and more complex projects. It is a Two-Stage application process and occurs during the spring semester. 

Applicants must first submit an abstract form by one of two possible deadlines, Monday, January 30, 2017 by 5pm OR Monday, February 27, 2017 by 5pm, before they are invited by the TGIF Committee to submit a Final Application by 5pm on April 1, 2016. Not all abstract submissions will be invited to Stage 2.

Spring grant requests must be greater than $2,000.

2017 Spring Grant Deadlines
Stage 1: Open to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty
Early Abstract Submission: Monday, January 30, 2017 by 5pm
Final Abstract Submission: Monday, February 27, 2017 by 5pm

Stage 2: By Invitation Only, selected from the abstract submissions
Final Application Submission: Monday, April 3, 2017 by 5pm

                    Please Take Note:
Absolutely NO late applications will be considered for grant funding.


TGIF Spring Grant Application Forms

Stage 1: Abstract Submission**
Submit an abstract submission form by one of the two deadlines. If you submit by the early deadline, the Committee may give you the opportunity to edit and resubmit your abstract by the final deadline. It is recommended you begin gathering any necessary project approvals for Stage 2 during Stage 1.

  1. Abstract Submission Form

**Note: You must submit an abstract in Stage 1 in order to be considered for a TGIF grant. The TGIF Committee will invite selected abstract submissions to Stage 2 in April.

Abstract Example 1
Abstract Example 2

Stage 2: Final Application Submission (Invited Applicants Only)
Submit the 1) Application Submission Form, 2) any necessary signed Project Approval Form(s), and 3) the TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet by the deadline. Failure to submit these three requirements will disqualify your application.

  1. Application Submission Form
  2. Project Approval Form
    • If your project team is partnering with other organizations, or departments, or needs permission to undertake a specific project, please submit a completed Project Approval Form for each named entity. For example, if you are attempting to do a project in the dining halls, you would need a project approval from a Cal Dining staff member.
  3. TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet
    • Fill out at least one of the spreadsheet tabs to prove your anticipated project metrics.

Application Checklist
Application Example 1
Application Example 2

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.