All TGIF funded projects are required to attend a grant recipient training and complete reporting throughout the course of project implementation.
Sample Project Update
|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|
|First Update||March 1st|
|Second Update and Budget||June 1st|
|Third Update||October 1st|
|Final Report||December 31st|
|Project Poster||April 1st|
Interested in Applying for a TGIF Mini-Grant (Fall Semester) or TGIF Grant (Spring Semester)?
When are the 2016-2017 Funding Deadlines?
TGIF Fall Mini-Grant Application Due: Friday, October 21, 2016 by 5pm
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.
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
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.
**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.
|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.
|Campus Outdoor Composting Bins||Vermicomposting|
|Campus to Dining-Hall Farm||Campus Irrigation Inventory|
|Personal and Sustainable Investing
|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|
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
What are the requirements for a TGIF grant application?
Preference is given to:
Energy & Climate
By 2014, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. (CalCAP)
Reduce potable water use to 10% below 2008 levels by 2020.
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)
Achieve a 75% diversion rate by June 2012 and zero waste by 2020. (UCOP)
By 2011, develop a green purchasing policy.
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)
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:
CalCAP description credited to CalCAP.
Another helpful resource for energy-related projects is UC Berkeley's Operational Excellence Energy Management Program.