Green Grants

GSA Green Grants (G3) provides funding for graduate student focused projects that reduce UC Riverside’s negative impact on the environment and make UC Riverside more sustainable. G3 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 Riverside. The funding amount is up to $2000 per project.

For consideration, please submit an abstract that meets the following requirements:

  • Up to 300 words
  • Title, team members
  • Describe your project
  • Its goals, how they will be tracked, and measurable outcomes
  • Required resources, necessary partnerships
  • How it will impact sustainability on campus or greater community
  • How it relates to the triple bottom line of sustainability (Environment, Economic, Social)
  • Projects that specifically target the UCR graduate community are encouraged

Link to: GSA Green Grant Program Abstract Submittal

The Application Process

The G3 Grant program takes place during the winter and spring quarters and awards grants up to $2,000 for small projects that must be completed within one year. There is only one application form and applicants must submit it by either the winter or spring deadline.

Grant requests must be between $25-$2000.

Winter 2017:
Abstract Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017 by 5 pm
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by 5 pm

Spring 2017:
Abstract Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2017 by 5pm
Application Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2017 by 5pm


Stage 1: Abstract Submission**
Submit an abstract submission form by one of the two deadlines. 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 G3 grant. The GSA Sustainability Committee will invite selected abstract submissions to Stage 2.

Stage 2: Application Form

Submit the 1) Application Submission Form, 2) Project Approval Form(s), and 3) the G3 Metrics Spreadsheet by the deadline. Failure to submit these three requirements will disqualify your application. Also, pay close attention to the requirements listed in the grant application submission form. *If you are not partnering without an outside organization, please skip #2*

Application Forms

  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 Dining Services staff member.
  3. Metrics Spreadsheet
    • Fill out at least one of the spreadsheet tabs to prove your anticipated project metrics.

How Funds Are Disbursed

Because this is a project based award, funds are disbursed through a reimbursement process.  We do not give out these grants as bulk awards from the university.  After your application has been approved for the award, the steps go as follows:

  1. You will receive an email from the GSA Sustainability Liaison indicating that your project has been selected from a blind committee review.
  2. A ceremony will be held during the last GSA general council meeting of the quarter in which the project participants are publicly acknowledged as having received the award.
  3. It is then up to you and your project team to schedule a meeting with the GSA Administrative/Accounting Assistant Michele Herzog. At this meeting you will need to bring your award email and discuss what you are going to purchase and how you would like to be reimbursed.

Monitoring Projects

It is in the best interests of the project team participants and the GSA, that project results are monitored in order to provide a finished document for project participants while providing support for the program itself.

At the end of the following quarter of which the grant is received, we ask that project teams submit a small report showing what they have accomplished so far.  An example report can be downloaded here.  Please use this document as a template for your project.

UC Riverside Graduate Student Association