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Project Reporting

All TGIF funded projects are required to attend a grant recipient training and complete reporting throughout the course of project implementation.

Sample Project Update

 

Spring Grants

Timeline
August 1st
First Update October 1st
Second Update and Meeting with Coordinator December/January 1st
Third Update March 1st
Project Poster April 1st
Final Report OR Fourth Update and Budget June 1st
Fifth Update October 1st

Fall Grants

First Update March 1st
Second Update and Budget June 1st
Third Update October 1st
Final Report December 31st
Project Poster April 1st

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.

Fall Grants

TGIF offers an annual Fall Grant program called “TGIF Mini-Grants”. Since 2012, TGIF has awarded an estimated $20,000 in Mini-Grants each fall semester. The TGIF Spring Grant Program continues to annually award an estimated $250,000+ to larger and more complex projects.

The Fall Mini-Grant program takes place during the fall semester and awards grants between $500-$2,000 to small projects that must be completed within one year. There is only one application form and applicants must submit it by the Fall Grant Deadline.

Fall mini-grant requests must be $500-$2,000. 
 

2016 Fall Grant Deadline
Friday, October 21, 2016 by 5pm



STEPS TO APPLY:
Submit the 1) Application Submission Form, 2) Project Approval Form(s), and 3) the TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet by the deadline. Failure to submit these three requirements will disqualify your application. Also, pay close attention to the requirements listed in the grant application submission form.


Mini-Grant Application Forms 

  1. Mini-Grant Application Submission Form
  2. Mini-Grant 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.

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.

Resources:
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.

Resources:
Application Checklist
Application Example 1
Application Example 2

Develop Your Grant

General Steps for Applying to TGIF

STEP 1: Develop Your Idea*- Review the TGIF Mission, selection process and application criteria, and TGIF funded projects to assist your development.
STEP 2: Decide When to Apply- Is your idea better suited for a Fall Mini-Grant or a Spring Grant?
STEP 3: Begin Your Application Process- Contact TGIF with any questions about your application. Consider attending an application workshop held by TGIF.
STEP 4: Review Your Application- Did you fill out all the required forms (application, project approvals, metrics sheet)? Did you follow the application directions? Did you answer all application questions?
STEP 5: Submit Your Application
STEP 6: Attend Mandatory Grant Winner Training- If selected for a TGIF Grant, you will be required to attend a mandatory project leader training prior to accessing your funds. You should also review the reporting requirements of all funded projects.

*Want to apply for a project but dont have any ideas? See the table below for some inspiration. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or other suggestions you may have for potential projects!

Project Idea
Campus Outdoor Composting Bins Vermicomposting
Campus to Dining-Hall Farm Campus Irrigation Inventory
Personal and Sustainable Investing
Workshop
Campus Bathrooms Inventory
Campus Custodial Closets Inventory Solar-Powered Generators for
Campus Concerts and Events
Outdoor Events Zero Waste Program Big Belly Solar Waste Compactors
Incorporataing Sustainability
Into Campus IT Practices
Regenerative Campus Project
Campus Building Benchmarking Campus Building HVAC Inventory
Bike Parking E-Waste Recycling and Reuse Project
Biodiesel Production UC Berkeley Bus Ad and Bus Stop
Sustainability Education Campaign
Vertical Wall or Roof Gardens End of Year Move-out: ReUSE and
Recycling Program

 

Application Criteria

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-$2,000. Spring 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.

Other Resources
Applicants can review the TGIF Bylaws for more information regarding the mission and vision of The Green Initiative Fund and its grant processes. Applicants are encouraged to review previously funded projects by year, theme, or status, under the "Funded Projects" tab on the TGIF website.

In 2009, UC Berkeley created a Campus Sustainability Plan, which lays out its campus sustainability goals. TGIF's mission is to assist UC Berkeley with achieving its sustainability goals. When developing a TGIF project for the grant application process, use these goals for inspiration and creativity. Applicants' grant metrics must contribute to one or more of these goals in order to be selected for a TGIF grant. 
 

Energy & Climate

By 2014, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. (CalCAP)
Achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. (CalCAP, UCOP)

Water

Reduce potable water use to 10% below 2008 levels by 2020.

Built Environment

Design future projects to minimize energy and water consumption and wastewater production; incorporate sustainable design principles into capital investment decisions; base capital investment decisions on life cycle cost, including the cost of known future expenditures. (LRDP)

Waste

Achieve a 75% diversion rate by June 2012 and zero waste by 2020. (UCOP)

Purchasing

By 2011, develop a green purchasing policy.

Transportation

By 2014, reduce fuel use by commuters and campus fleet to 25% below 1990 levels.

Food & Dining

By 2020, increase sustainable food purchases by campus foodservice providers to at least 20%. (UCOP)

Land Use

Plan every new project to serve as a model of resource conservation and environmental stewardship. (LRDP)

Table taken from the UC Berkeley Office of Sustainability's Campus Sustainability Plan site and credited to the Office of Sustainability.  

You should also visit the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) website. CalCAP is a collaboration of faculty, administration, staff, and students working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at UC Berkeley. CalCAP's work includes:

  • Conducting and third-party verifying an annual ten-source greenhouse gas emissions inventory to track our progress.
  • Engaging the community and guiding action through climate planning and reporting.
  • Developing and implementing infrastructure and behavioral strategies to reduce the climate impacts of buildings and transportation.

CalCAP description credited to CalCAP.

Another helpful resource for energy-related projects is UC Berkeley's Operational Excellence Energy Management Program.

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.