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Student Involvement: Apply

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 student, staff, or faculty member of the University community can submit a project proposal to the TGIF Committee. The proposal needs to improve sustainability and benefit undergraduates. In the first granting year (2017-18), the committee hopes to award over $200,000 to projects and research.

The proposal review panel is the TGIF Committee, which is comprised of five undergraduates, one faculty member, and one staff person from the Office of Sustainability.

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 When to Apply. Is your idea better suited for a Fall Mini-Grant or Undergraduate Research or for a Spring Grant?

STEP 3: Begin Your Application Process. Download and complete the appropriate application, depending upon grant type. 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 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 Guidelines for Sustainable Practices 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:

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. Fall mini-grants must be $200-$2,000. Spring grants must be greater than $2,000.

10. Spring 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 the table below 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 Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and UCLA.


Project Ideas From Other Campuses:

Indoor Composting System: Bins, Collection


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

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