Who may apply?
Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply for funding. TGIF highly encourages proposals by teams that cut across these categories.
For example, a student who has an idea for a lighting retrofit in a particular building may wish to speak to the building manager first. The building manager might then recommend an engineer from campus facilities who can lend specific expertise. The student then recruits a friend to help her flesh out the idea. Then both students, the building manager, and the facilities staff person submit the proposal to TGIF as a team.
Individuals and organizations outside of UC Berkeley may not submit proposals.
What types of projects are eligible?
Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on UC Berkeley’s campus, or in the capacity that on-campus activities influence sustainability off campus. All proposed projects must have a clearly-defined, measurable outcome.
TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Berkeley policy directive (e.g., standards for new building construction), since UC Berkeley is already obliged to allocate funds for such projects. TGIF will fund projects which go above and beyond minimum requirements and which that are unable to gain funding from other sources.
Preference will be given to projects which demonstrate the largest positive environmental impact per dollar spent, as well as to projects that generate cost savings which can be used to repay the Fund.
The minimum size of project grants is $10,000. Other funding resources are available on campus for smaller projects. Click the links below for more information on these other funding sources:
Handy resources for application writing
If you’re working on a grant, these documents can help you quantify environmental impacts or put your project’s contribution to campus sustainability into context.