• All awards must follow all Student Government Student Media (SGSM) Policies.
  • Items awarded and allowed for purchasing must follow the reimbursement policy. No funding will be given up-front, only reimbursed after the purchase with submission of SGSM Check Request, including all supporting documentation required including proof-of-purchase. SGSM can work with the vendor directly to pay for the awarded item, which will require a Purchase Request and Order Form provided to SGSM Business Office.
  • All purchased items needing verification of receipt will need to have documentation included in the final Check Request.
  • SGSM has the right to change these policies at any time, as well as work with project funding on a case-by-case basis.
  • Funding may be denied if policies and procedures are not adhered to.
  • Please ensure to review the TGIF ByLaws for further policies as well as contact the TGIF Commissioner as to funding questions.

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.

Project Deadlines 2023-2024

Completed applications must be emailed in PDF format to 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 at

Fall Quarter

Week 5: 11/03/23

Week 7: 11/17/23

Week 9: 12/01/23

Winter Quarter

Week 2: 01/19/24

Week 5: 02/09/24

Week 8: 03/01/24

Spring Quarter

Week 2: 04/12/24

Week 4: 04/26/24

Week 6: 05/10/24

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. (
  • 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.


If you have questions, or would like to schedule a meeting with the board to discuss your application, please email the Sustainability Commissioner at or sign up for an office hours appointment with a board member.