Submit A Project Idea

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) is a grant-making fund for UC Irvine sustainability projects supported by a quarterly student fee.  Projects are selected by a Grant-Making Committee composed of students, and non-voting staff and faculty.

Any award given by The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) does not represent the views and/or opinion of the TGIF Funding Board, University of California, Irvine; Regents of the University of California, and/or its affiliates.

Download 2019-2020 Application Form (PDF)
Download 2019-2020 Application Form (Word)

Project Requirements

Any UC Irvine undergraduate may submit a project application.

All projects must meet the following requirements as established by the TGIF bylaws:

  • Only a UC Irvine undergraduate may submit a project application.
  • TGIF funding will not support projects already mandated by law or UC Irvine policy directive.
  • TGIF By-laws (Article XI) list items will be denied funding. This list could change at any time. (tgif.asuci.uci.edu/documents)
  • Projects must directly address environmental sustainability on the UC Irvine campus. Preference will be given to projects that:
    • Demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Irvine’s environmental impact for the least cost.
    • Include strong student involvement.
    • Are able to repay the funds or obtain matching funds.
    • Are collaborative, done by two or more UCI organizations.
    • Go above and beyond minimum requirements and that are unable to gain funding from other sources.  (Consult the UC Policy Guidelines for Sustainable Practices for more information)
  • Budgets must include links to all items being purchased, with details of vendor.
  • Projects must have publicity, education, and outreach considerations
  • Projects must have a mechanism for evaluation and follow-up after funding has been dispersed. At minimum, a project plan must include a report made to the Grant-Making Committee after implementation. If a project is expected to have ongoing benefits such as annual cost savings, the project plan must include a mechanism for tracking, recording, and reporting these benefits back to the Grant-Making Committee.
  • Projects must take photos at any funded events and submit a post-event report to the TGIF External Affairs within five days after the event. The post-event report form is located on the TGIF website.
  • Refer to Complete vs. Incomplete application examples below.

Project Preferences

  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Irvine’s environmental impact for the least cost.
  • Preference will be given to projects with strong student involvement.

Project Deadlines 2019-2020

Completed applications must be emailed in PDF format to tgif@asuci.uci.edu by MIDNIGHT for each of the deadlines; please put the name of your project in the subject line. Questions or comments may be directed to the Sustainability Commissioner, Chloe Zheng, at tgif@asuci.uci.edu

Fall Quarter

Week 2: 10/11/19

Week 5: 11/1/19

Week 8: 11/22/19

Winter Quarter

Week 2: 1/17/20

Week 5: 2/7/20

Week 8: 2/28/20

Spring Quarter

Week 2: 4/10/20

Week 4: 4/24/20

Week 6: 5/8/20

TGIF 2019-2020 Project Applications

Download 2019-2020 Application Form (PDF)
Download 2019-2020 Application Form (Word)

Project Application Examples

Example: Complete Grant Application (PDF)
Example: Incomplete Grant Application (PDF)

Questions?

If you have questions, or would like to schedule a meeting with the board to discuss your application, please email the Sustainability Commissioner, Chloe Zheng, at tgif@asuci.uci.edu.