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Spring Grants now Open! Mandatory Abstract due March 1, 2024 at 5 PM PST.

TGIF offers two grant cycles per academic year. In September, our annual fall “mini-grant” grant program opens, providing up to $50,000 total for short-term projects. TGIF’s Spring grant program offers grants over $5,000 and continues to annually award over ~$400,000 to larger and more complex projects. All Environmental Justice proposals will be reviewed first by TGIF’s Committee in the selection process.

Spring Grant Cycle

The 2024 Grant Cycle is now Open! Abstracts due March 1, 2024.

About the Grant

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. There are 3 dates of which to be aware:

1) Final Abstract deadline (Stage 1) – March 1, 2024*

2) Final Application deadline (Stage 2) – April 5, 2024

3) Spring 2024 Grants Announced – By May 1, 2024

*Applicants must first submit an abstract form and attend a TGIF 1:1 or info session in order to be considered for funding.

TGIF’s Committee will invite applicants back upon Stage 2 to submit a Final Application. Not all abstract submissions will be invited to Stage 2.

Spring grant requests must be greater than $5,000.

2024 Spring Grant Important Dates

Info Session Dates:
Info Session or TGIF 1:1 REQUIRED in order  to be considered for grant funding. RSVP for an info session here.
SERC Space: Wednesday, February 7th 2024, 5-6 PM
Virtual: Thursday, February 15th 2024, 2-3 PM
MLK BNorth 82A: Tuesday, February 27th 2024, 1-2 PM
Stage 1 Deadline:
Open to all UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty
Abstract Submission: Friday, March 1st, 2024 by 5 PM
Application Workshops Dates: SERC Space: Thursday, March 14th 2024, 2-3 PM

SERC Space: Wednesday, March 20th 2024, 5-6 PM

Stage 2 Deadline:
By Invitation Only, selected from the abstract submissions
Final Application Submission: Friday, April 5th, 2024 by 5 PM


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

General Resources:

Info Session Sign Ups

1-on-1 Appointment Slots – Please do not book an appointment with less than 24 hours notice, as our TGIF Associates may not see your appointment request.

Application Workshops (coming soon!)

TGIF Spring Grant Application Forms

Stage 1: Abstract Submission**

  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) the Spring Grant Final Application, 2) any necessary signed Project Approval Forms, 3) the TGIF Budget Spreadsheet and 4) the TGIF Metrics Spreadsheet by the deadline. Failure to submit these four requirements will disqualify your application.

Final Application Materials Coming Soon

Fall Grant Cycle

The Fall mini-grant program takes place during the fall semester and awards grants up to $5,000 to small projects that must be completed within the current academic year.

Interested applicants must attend a TGIF Info Session or schedule a 1:1 with TGIF Staff before applying for funding. The Fall mini-grant is a single application, and projects must be submitted by Friday, October 20th at 5 PM PST to be considered.

Fall mini-grant requests must be no larger than $5,000.

2023 Fall Grant Info Sessions 

**New: All Project Leaders must attend either a 1:1 or Info Session before applying for TGIF Funding**

Session 1 (Virtual): Tuesday, September 26th, at 5:00PM (Online- Register here)

Session 2 (In-Person): Tuesday, October 3rd, at 2:00 PM (SERC Space- RSVP here)

Session 3 (In-Person): Thursday, October 12th, at 5:00PM (SERC Space- RSVP here)

Fall Grant 1-on-1 Advising

Book your appointment here!

2023 Fall Grant Deadline

Friday, October 20th, 2023 @5pm PST

Submit the 1) Mini-Grant Application, 2) Project Approval Form(s), and 3) TGIF Budget Spreadsheet by the deadline. Project Leaders must have also attended a TGIF Info Session or 1:1 with TGIF Staff before the application deadline.

Failure to submit these three forms or meet with the TGIF team will disqualify your application. Also, pay close attention to the requirements listed in the grant application submission form.  We will be strictly enforcing the five-page application maximum and no late applications will be accepted.

Mini-Grant Application Forms 

  1. Mini-Grant Application
    • The Environmental Justice Supplemental Questions are now optional for all projects, if they wish to elaborate on the Environmental Justice aspects of their Project.
    • Projects will be designated as Environmental Justice-focused by the Environmental Justice at-large Representative, in consultation with the TGIF team.
  2. Mini-Grant Project Approval Form
    • If your project team is partnering with other organizations, 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 Budget Spreadsheet
    • Fill out the spreadsheet, adding budget sections as needed. See the bottom of the spreadsheet for more information