The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

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The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) 2014-15 application deadline is fast approaching, and I wanted to let you know about this great opportunity to get your campus green project funded!

TGIF is a student-governed grant supported by a $3.47 lock-in fee that every UCSB undergraduate and graduate student pays each quarter. It raises over $170,000 per year to fund projects that reduce UCSB’s impact on the environment. The application process is easy, and any UCSB student, staff, or faculty member is eligible to apply for funding for their projects. Ideal projects will show a quantifiable change (energy, waste, water reduction, etc.), while also educating the campus community.
In 2014, TGIF funded projects like the Hydrations Stations, The GIVE Project, the Mercury Free Fluorescent Microscopy Project, the Art Department LED Retrofit, the Indoor Compost Bin Project, and a Student Scholarship for UCSB Students to attend the California Higher Education Sustainability Conferences.
If you have an idea for a green project on campus, you should consider applying for a grant. As a student that has applied and received a grant from TGIF as a sophomore, I can tell you that it is a great entrepreneurial experience for students, and it looks good on your resume.

If you have questions about your project idea, proposal guidelines, or the selection process, please contact Jewel Snavely at 893-8367 or Any projects are welcome, no matter how big or small they may be.

For more information on previously funded projects or to submit an application, please visit the TGIF web site: and visit our Facebook page at


Thomas Gineo, Student Chair of the TGIF Grants Committee