Submit a Project Proposal

Writing a proposal may land you a grant for a great project or sustainable research, either of which can leave a lasting impact at UC Davis!

The committee hopes you will build on our already excellent programs, innovations and long term planning. We cannot wait to see all your brilliant ideas!

Who Can Write A Proposal?

Any UC Davis student, staff, or faculty member can submit a project proposal to the TGIF Committee. The proposal needs to improve sustainability and benefit undergraduates. In our second granting year (2018-19), the committee hopes to award about $200,000 to projects and research.

The proposal review panel is the TGIF Committee, which is comprised of five undergraduates, one graduate student as an alternate, one faculty member, and one staff person. Ex officio members include the director of the Office of Sustainability, a budget director from Budget and Institutional Affairs, and an ASUCD elected or appointed official.

Grant application deadlines are:

  • Fall 2018: Monday, November 5, 5:00PM
  • Winter 2019: Monday, February 4, 5:00PM
  • Spring 2019: Monday, April 29, 5:00PM

Interested in applying for a TGIF Grant? Read on!

Develop Your Proposal

STEP 1: Develop Your Idea. Review the TGIF mission and application criteria to assist your idea development.

STEP 2: Decide How and When to Apply. Is your idea better suited for a fall, winter or spring application cycle? Is your idea a Mini-Grant, Major Grant, or Undergraduate Research?

STEP 3: Begin Your Application Process. Download and complete the application. Contact the TGIF Grant Manager with any questions about your application.

STEP 4: Review Your Application. Did you fill out all the required proposal components of the application form? Did you follow all of the application directions?

STEP 5: Submit Your Application. Send in your completed application to the TGIF Grant Manager.

Application Criteria

What are the requirements for a TGIF grant application?

1. Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on the UC Davis campus, or in the capacity that on-campus activities influence sustainability off campus. All proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome. (Consult the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices and the Office of Sustainability for more information.)

2. Project proposals need to be submitted by UC Davis students, staff, or faculty. Individuals and organizations outside of UC Davis may not submit proposals.

3. All projects should have student involvement.

4. Preference will be given to projects that:

  • are student-initiated, although all of the campus community is encouraged to apply;
  • show promise for meaningful reduction of UC Davis’ greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, waste generation, and/or energy usage for the least cost;
  • are located on the main UC Davis campus to connect the student body and the projects that they are funding.

5. Projects should either have received all necessary written endorsements by appropriate campus officials prior to consideration or have met with the TGIF Grant Manager to discuss appropriate approvals and endorsements.

6. TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Davis policy directive. TGIF is intended to fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements.

7. Projects should have publicity, education, and outreach components to further connect students with the projects they are funding.

8. Applicants must submit all required documents for each grant cycle, and follow the directions for submitting application materials.

9. Mini-grants must be $200-$2,000. Major grants must be greater than $2,000.

10. Major Grant Project Proposals shall have a mechanism for project 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.

Project Inspiration

Want to apply for a project but you are in need of some inspiration? Check out our previous mini-grants and major grants and the list of projects from other campuses for some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Contact the TGIF Grant Manager for more information or other suggestions you may have for potential projects!

You can also visit the sites of our sister campuses: UC BerkeleyUC IrvineUC Santa BarbaraUC San Diego, and UCLA.

Project ideas from other UC campuses:

  • Indoor Composting System: Bins, Collection
  • Vermicomposting
  • Edible Campus
  • Campus Irrigation Inventory
  • Sustainable Investment and Financing
  • Campus Bathrooms Inventory
  • Custodial Services Connections on Sustainable Practices
  • Solar-Powered Generators for Campus Concerts and Events
  • Zero Waste Events (e.g. Picnic Day or The Buzz)
  • Solar Waste Compactors & WiFi Monitoring
  • Incorporating Sustainability into Campus IT
  • Hand Towel Minimizing and Composting
  • Campus Building Benchmarking
  • Campus Building HVAC Inventory
  • Bike Parking
  • E-waste Recycling and Reuse Project
  • Biodiesel Production
  • Catering Zero Waste and Food Ordering Optimization
  • Vertical Wall or Roof Gardens
  • End of Year Move-out: ReUSE and Recycling Program