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Selection Process

Interested in applying for a TGIF Mini-grant (Fall Semester) or TGIF Grant (Spring Semester)?

What kind of funding does TGIF offer?
Fall Mini-Grant: Up to $5,000 in funding for smaller sustainability projects. Spring Grant: A two-part application process offering funding in any amount over $5,000 for larger sustainability projects. Brian Gialketsis SERQueer Scholarship: This scholarship, named in honor of our former TGIF Coordinator Brian Gialketsis, awards $1,000-$5,000 for up to five LGBTQIA+-identifying students who are interested in environmentalism. Eco-Fund: In partnership with SERC, this offers funding for student and organizational events with the goal of student-oriented community-based, professional, and academic development.
How do I know if my project is eligible for funding?
- All UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty can apply to receive a grant.
- All projects must be in some way related to sustainability on the UC Berkeley campus or UC Berkeley community, or in the capacity that on-campus activities influence sustainability off campus. All proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome.

If you are still unsure whether your project is eligible for TGIF funding, we highly recommend you attend one of our semesterly Info Sessions! We will be posting announcements about these sessions on our social media pages. Otherwise, please feel free to reach out to us at!
What is the difference between Fall and Spring Grant Cycles?
Fall Minigrant Cycle The Fall Minigrant awards up to $5,000.00 to projects, and is aimed towards small sustainability projects which aim for completion within the academic year. It has a single application form, which can be found on our “Apply!” page.
Spring Grant Cycle This grant cycle awards over $5,000.00 to projects. It’s aimed for long-term, large-scale projects, with a two-stage application process. The first stage consists of abstracts submitted by applicants, including an optional early abstract submission. After the TGIF Committee reviews these abstracts, some projects will be invited to the second stage to submit full applications. Abstract and application forms, sample abstracts, and deadlines can all be found on our “Apply!” page.
  • Spring Early Abstract: This optional deadline allows prospective applicants to submit a draft of their abstract and receive feedback from the TGIF Committee, before submitting their final abstract. If you choose to submit an abstract by this deadline, you will be given a chance to edit and submit your abstract by the later deadline after receiving feedback.
  • Spring Final Abstract: All prospective applicants must submit an abstract of their project. This is a brief (less than 2 pages) document consisting primarily of a budget, brief project summary, and statement of intent to address environmental inequities, if applicable. Further details can be found on the “Apply!” page.
  • Spring Application Deadline: Projects whose abstracts were selected by the TGIF Committee will be invited to complete a more in-depth application to receive funding for their project. These applications go into further detail regarding budget, timeline, and project goals.
Where can I find Grant Applications?
Grant Applications, alongside application deadlines, can be found on our “Apply!” page. This page will have the most updated information for the upcoming application cycle.
What kind of support does TGIF offer applicants?
TGIF has two scheduled info sessions to explain the general grant process, learn more about the Spring Grant Cycle, and get advice on your project application. If you want more personalized advice, you can also book a 1-on-1 advising session with a member of the TGIF Team. Please make sure to book your appointments at least 24 hours in advance. Finally, there are full copies of successful applications located on our website under Funded Projects. Here is a link to the most recent grant awards .
What is Environmental Justice Thematic Funding?
TGIF prioritizes projects which aligns with our mission of supporting environmental justice. This means that projects which seek to address an environmental inequity are voted on first by committee members during funding deliberations. Projects may chose to fill out the optional Environmental Justice supplemental questions, but these are not required to be selected as an Environmental Justice Project. Instead, the Environmental Justice At-Large voting member, in consultation with the SERC Wellness and Environmental Justice Coordinator, SERC Environmental Justice Associate, and the TGIF Team, will review applications to determine whether they qualify as Environmental Justice Projects. We define Environmental Justice as “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.”
When are Grant Cycle Applications due?
Application Deadlines, along with the grant applications, can be found on our “Apply!” page. This page will have the most updated information for the upcoming application cycle.
Who selects Grant Recipients?
Projects are selected by the student-majority TGIF Committee, which is composed of UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. Preference is given to:
  • Projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction in UC Berkeley’s environmental impact for the least cost.
  • Projects with high visibility.
  • Projects with strong student involvement. A minimum of 20% of funds disbursed will be set aside for projects with direct student involvement.
  • Projects centered on reducing harmful environmental impacts and/or improving sustainable living for underserved, marginalized, or underrepresented communities.
  • Proposals coming from student organizations and campus departments with a focus on social equity and/or environmental justice; or those proposals that support underrepresented or marginalized students.
The Committee uses a score sheet rubric to vote on the grant applications and select recipients for grant awards. Scoresheet Rubric can be found here.