Submit a Project Proposal

Writing a proposal may land you a grant for a great projects, sustainable research, or event, all 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. 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.

Interested in applying for a TGIF Grant? Read on!


Begin the Proposal Process 

Explore the Developing Your Proposal sub-page for in-depth information and a full breakdown of the grant application form. 

Take the following steps:

  • 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 ( with subject line “tgif Grant Application [quarter] [year]”.


Application Criteria

What are the requirements for a TGIF grant application?

  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • All projects must have student involvement in some way, and must benefit undergraduate students.
  • 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.
  • Your proposal should document consultation of all relevant departments to ensure they are aware of and support your concept. Feel free to add additional stakeholder signature boxes, if needed. Meet with the TGIF Grant Manager ( to discuss appropriate approvals. If you are not sure if this applies to your project, contact the TGIF Grant Manager. Please note the following:
    • The signatures demonstrate that those stakeholders are aware of any commitments expected of them as part of undertaking the project you are proposing.
    • If there could be any expectations of financial support, contributions of labor or material resources, physical building or planting planned as part of the project, or environmental or sustainability impacts, it is critical that the grant proposal provide the explicit agreement of the stakeholders to agree to and/or fulfill those expectations.
    • For projects that impact campus facilities, final approval will be given by the Committee, the TGIF Grant Manager, and relevant campus stakeholders.
    • If you wish to submit written endorsements or support statements of your project, please include those letters of reference or endorsements as separate from these consultation signatures.
    • You must obtain a physical signature from each stakeholder. A digital signature may be obtained during COVID-19 closures, as long as it is accompanied by an email from the stakeholder to stating that they are digitally signing the document.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must submit all required documents for each grant cycle, and follow the directions for submitting application materials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Ready to begin? Review the Developing Your Proposal sub-page for in-depth information and a full breakdown of the grant application form.