Submit a Project Proposal

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of the current disruptions, we have a few updates to the usual application process:
1) The spring quarter grant applications deadline is extended to Monday, May 4, 5:00 PM.
2) Electronic signatures will be accepted as long as they are accompanied by an email from each signatory stating they are agreeing to sign the application.
3) Applicants should frame their proposal timeline for their projects as if they were to conduct the project under normal circumstances. We don't want the current situation to discourage folks from applying, and we will work with each and every one of you to begin that timeline whenever you can safely begin your great work! 
The 2019-20 application period is open as of September 25, 2019. Thanks for your interest!

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?

Ready to Begin?

Download and complete the 2019-20 application form

Download and complete the 2019-20 budget spreadsheet

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. The Committee hopes to award $100,000-$200,000 each year to projects and research.

The proposal review panel is the TGIF Committee, which is currently comprised of eight undergraduates, one graduate student as an alternate, and one staff member. For more information about the Committee, see About TGIF.

Grant application deadlines are the first Monday of the fifth week of fall, winter, and spring quarters, by 5:00 PM. For 2018-19, those deadlines are:

  • Fall 2019: Monday, October 28, 5:00PM
  • Winter 2020: Monday, February 3, 5:00PM - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 10, 5:00 PM
  • Spring 2020: Monday, April 27, 5:00PM - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 4, 5:00 PM

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. If you weren't able to attend one of our Grant Application Workshops, you can review our workshop slide deck to learn more about how to apply for a TGIF Grant.

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 project, event, or undergraduate research?

STEP 3: Begin Your Application Process. Download and complete the application. Also download and complete the budget spreadsheet to accompany your application. Make sure you are using the most recent application form, which you will have by clicking the application download links on this page. 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. Proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome. (Consult the UC Sustainable Practices Policy and the Office of Sustainability for more information.)

2. All UC Davis students, staff, and faculty are eligible to submit project proposals, as long as they are under the umbrella of a campus department or center. Individuals and organizations outside the University are not eligible to submit project proposals.

3. All projects must have student involvement in some way, and must benefit undergraduate students.

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 environmental sustainability impact, such as through reduction of UC Davis’ greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, waste generation, and/or energy usage for the least cost;
  • advance environmental and climate justice;
  • are located on the main UC Davis campus to connect the student body and the projects that they are funding.

5. Projects either must 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. If you are not sure if this applies to your project, contact the TGIF Grant Manager.

6. TGIF funding will not support projects that are already mandated by law or UC Davis policy/directive, other than the UC Sustainable Practices Policy. TGIF is intended to fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements. TGIF will only fund projects that are not currently paid for by the University or through existing rebate programs.

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

8. Project funding requests must be between $200-$20,000. The TGIF Committee encourages projects with additional funding such as other grants, donations, or allocated budget funds. While TGIF funding policy does allow for funds to pay stipends or wages, any requests for stipend/wage funding must meet the following requirements: (a) Up to 50 percent maximum of total stipends/wages needed for a project may be requested in the budget proposal; (b) if a mix of undergraduate and graduate students' stipends/wages is requested, then a maximum of 20% of the 50% funding may be requested for graduate students; (c) TGIF does not fund faculty salaries or stipends.

9. Projects must have publicity, education, and outreach components to further connect students with the projects they are funding. Projects must clearly identify The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Davis as a funding source on any semi-permanent or permanent campus infrastructure purchased with TGIF funds, and all awarded proposals must acknowledge The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Davis as a funding source on all literature, posters, or publicity related to the project, event, or research.

10. Project organizers/leaders must prepare a final poster, video or audio presentation to the campus community, and in a format that can be shared on the TGIF website.

11. All awarded proposals must submit an intermediary progress report at the half-way point of their project timeline. All awarded proposals must submit a final report, detailing the results of the project. The final report shall also include a final budget that clearly identifies all spent funds, any unspent funds, and all other sources of funding for the project. Any unspent funds from TGIF grants must be transferred back to the TGIF program.

Project Inspiration

Want to apply for a project but you are in need of some inspiration? Check out our previous 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