Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) spring grant applications

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) spring grant applications are now live for those seeking $2,000 or above of funding for environmental sustainability-related projects. Applying in the spring is a 2-stage process, and the deadline to submit final abstract proposals is Monday, February 26, 2018 by 5PM. This spring 2018, TGIF is also prioritizing environmental justice thematic project proposals.
ELIGIBILITY

Students, faculty members, and/or staff members of the University of California, Berkeley are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) Committee. Along with a grant abstract application, individuals or groups of applicants must submit necessary project approvals and estimated metrics for their proposed project's sustainability impact on campus.

In order to be considered for environmental justice grant funding from TGIF, project applications must have a direct link to environmental results, meaning they must produce tangible sustainability metrics. All applicants who would like to be considered for environmental justice grant funding must indicate on their application this option and answer the 2 environmental justice prompts on TGIF's Spring 2018 application.

First priority will be given in the Committee's review process to student organizations that fall into the following categories:
  • Cultural & Identity/Cultural & Ethnic;
  • Cultural & Identity/International Student Organizations;
  • Cultural & Identity/LGBTQ+;
  • Cultural & Identity/Women’s Interest.
Student organizations and campus departments with a focus on social equity and/or environmental justice will be given second priority in the Committee's review process and evaluated by supplemental environmental justice questions on TGIF's Spring 2018 application.

Priority can be defined in a 3-tiered system as the Committee reading and voting on applications from these 4 categories of student organizations first, followed by applications not from these organizations but that would like to apply for environmental justice funding, followed finally by “traditional” sustainability applicants.

To be considered for environmental justice grant funding, please submit a statement of environmental justice intent with your abstract, and if invited back to the final application stage, answer the conditional 2 prompts at the bottom of the application form. Please also indicate on your metrics sheet what the projected environmental justice and sustainability impacts of your project will be.
ALLOWABLE COSTS

Students initially voted and passed TGIF Fee in 2007 and have since voted to renew the program for an additional 10 years in Spring 2016. Currently assessed at $8.00 per semester (and planned to increase by $1 in steps over 3-year increments through 2027), TGIF Fee will continue to provide funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley's campus sustainability efforts.  

Current themes for sustainability projects include those that address:
  • Education & Behavioral Change
  • Energy Conservation & Efficiency
  • Agriculture & Food Justice
  • Habitat Restoration & Native Landscaping
  • Transportation & Urban Development
  • Waste Diversion & Reduction  
  • Water Conservation

HOW TO APPLY

You may find application materials at the link provided here: http://tgif.berkeley.edu/index.php/apply/spring-grants
SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Online proposals due for the Spring 2018 Grants review process:

Stage 1: Open to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty
Early Abstract Submission: Monday, January 29, 2018 by 5pm
Final Abstract Submission: Monday, February 26, 2018 by 5pm

Stage 2: By Invitation Only, selected from the abstract submissions
Final Application Submission: Friday, April 6, 2018 by 5pm

REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS

Proposals will be reviewed by TGIF Committee during the spring semester, with the intent of allocating funds throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year.

TGIF Committee consists of students, faculty and staff members, with a student-majority, who vote on which projects TGIF will fund. More information about TGIF Committee can be found at http://tgif.berkeley.edu/index.php/committee