Spring Grants

TGIF is excited to announce that it will be hosting a pilot Environmental Justice Thematic Grant Cycle for Spring 2018!

TGIF will set aside a minimum of $75,000 for EJ-themed grants (of $300,000 available), and TGIF's Committee will vote first on applications with an environmental justice focus. By setting aside a minimum of $75,000 for EJ-themed grants, TGIF hopes to set UC Berkeley on an open-dialogue path towards environmental justice. 

Definition of environmental justice: The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races and incomes with respect to the development of, implementation, and enforcement of environmental initiatives, so that no group of people shoulders a disproportionate share of negative environmental impacts and that all people have access to environmental benefits/resources. (Definition adapted from the EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, more found here).
In the context of TGIF, increasing access to the environmental resources of the program falls into the category of environmental justice. 

TGIF is actively working to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in environmental grant projects and funding on campus, which falls in line with a strategic organizational goal and the draft strategic plan of the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC). By hosting a pilot environmental justice grant cycle, TGIF is taking the first step in supporting and empowering underrepresented communities to strengthen environmental equity at UC Berkeley. 


In order to be considered for EJ grant funding from TGIF, project applications must have a direct link to environmental results, meaning they must produce tangible sustainability metrics. All applicants who would like to be considered for EJ grant funding must indicate on their application this option and answer the 2 EJ prompts on TGIF's Spring 2018 application.

First priority will be given in the Committee's review process to student organizations that fall into the following categories:
  • Cultural & Identity/Cultural & Ethnic;
  • Cultural & Identity/International Student Organizations;
  • Cultural & Identity/LGBTQ+;
  • Cultural & Identity/Women’s Interest.
Student organizations and campus departments with a focus on social equity and/or environmental justice will be given second priority in the Committee's review process and evaluated by supplemental EJ questions on TGIF's Spring 2018 application.

Priority can be defined in a 3-tiered system as the Committee reading and voting on applications from these categories of student organizations first, followed by applications not from these organizations but that would like to apply for environmental justice funding, followed finally by “traditional” sustainability applicants.

To be considered for environmental justice grant funding, please submit a statement of environmental justice intent with your abstract, and if invited back to the final application stage, answer the conditional 2 prompts at the bottom of the application form. Please also indicate on your metrics sheet what the projected environmental justice and sustainability impacts of your project will be.

Environmental justice principles resource available here. In coincidence with TGIF's Environmental Justice Thematic Grant Cycle, the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) will be releasing an environmental justice resource folder in January 2018. TGIF will also be hosting EJ-focused grant-writing workshops in the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester (end of January/beginning of February) to better support student organizations with their grant applications. We want to work with YOU!

Environmental Justice Prompts: 

  • In what ways would funding your project help underrepresented and/or marginalized communities on campus? How do you intend to collaborate with and empower the voices of affected communities?
  • Please describe how your project will address the intersection of environmental and social sustainability.

The spring grant program gives preference to larger and more complex projects. It is a Two-Stage application process and occurs during the spring semester. 

Applicants must first submit an abstract form by one of two possible deadlines, Monday, January 29, 2018 by 5pm OR Monday, February 26, 2018 by 5pm, before they are invited by the TGIF Committee to submit a Final Application by 5pm on April 6, 2018. Not all abstract submissions will be invited to Stage 2.

Spring grant requests must be greater than $2,000.


The Environmental Justice Associate for the Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC)​ at UC Berkeley has been compiling resources related to environmental justice and environmental intersectionality for the past semester. You may find them at the following link: https://serc.berkeley.edu/environmental-justice/

From ​the Environmental Justice ​survey SERC ​distributed​ in October 2017, over half of the responses requested more learning materials and resources, hence the beginning of this resource collection. The Environmental Justice Resource Collection is a living, growing group of readings, toolkits, books, videos, and activities concerning the intersection of the environment and social justice. The purpose of this collection of resources is to fill some of the gaps we have in mainstream environmentalism and to provide some of the tools to facilitate these conversations in environmental spaces. 
If you have any suggestions or know of resources that should be added here, feel free to email the Environmental Justice Associate, Amanina, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or SERC’s email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject topic [EJ Resource Submission]. 


2018 Spring Grant Deadlines
Stage 1: Open to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty
Early Abstract Submission: Monday, January 29, 2018 by 5pm
Final Abstract Submission: Monday, February 26, 2018 by 5pm

Stage 2: By Invitation Only, selected from the abstract submissions
Final Application Submission: Friday, April 6, 2018 by 5pm

                    Please Take Note:
Absolutely NO late applications will be considered for grant funding.


TGIF Spring Grant Application Forms

Stage 1: Abstract Submission**
Submit an abstract submission form by one of the two deadlines. If you submit by the early deadline, the Committee may give you the opportunity to edit and resubmit your abstract by the final deadline. It is recommended you begin gathering any necessary project approvals for Stage 2 during Stage 1.

  1. Abstract Submission Form

**Note: You must submit an abstract in Stage 1 in order to be considered for a TGIF grant. The TGIF Committee will invite selected abstract submissions to Stage 2 in April.

Abstract Example 1
Abstract Example 2

Stage 2: Final Application Submission (Invited Applicants Only)
Submit the 1) Application Submission Form, 2) any necessary signed Project Approval Form(s), and 3) the TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet by the deadline. Failure to submit these three requirements will disqualify your application.

  1. Application Submission Form
  2. Project Approval Form
    • If your project team is partnering with other organizations, or departments, or needs permission to undertake a specific project, please submit a completed Project Approval Form for each named entity. For example, if you are attempting to do a project in the dining halls, you would need a project approval from a Cal Dining staff member.
  3. TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet
    • Fill out at least one of the spreadsheet tabs to prove your anticipated project metrics.

Application Example 1
Application Example 2

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.