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Diversity Inclusion Mini Grants

2019 Deadline: Wednesday, February, 20, 2019

The Office of Equity and Diversity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture for all members of the UTHSC community. Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants are targeted toward creative projects that impact the diversity goals of the university’s strategic plan.

The goals of the D&I Mini-Grant Program are:

  1. to encourage faculty, staff, and students to be actively involved in supporting the university’s cross-cutting strategic goal to foster and sustain a diverse and inclusive campus culture;
  2. to promote diversity and inclusion in recruitment efforts;
  3. to support in the development of initiatives and programs designed to aid in retention of diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees; and
  4. to fund initiatives and programs with innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion.

Through this program, individuals and groups will have the opportunity to provide innovative programming to assist in recruitment and retention of diverse individuals and to seek engagement from all members of the UTHSC community in our diverse and inclusive culture.

Target Areas

Particular emphasis is given to proposals designed to strengthen and promote diversity on campus by

  1. improving the university's work environment;
  2. improving the university's academic environment;
  3. recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees; and
  4. cultural competence.
Award Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion award committee will be charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Equity and Diversity and his designee for approval. The results will be announced to all participants promptly after the deadline.
Grant Amount
Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants serve as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative or program that furthers UTHSC’s mission, strategic plan and QEP. Proposals may request a maximum of $2,000.
Proposal Requirements
  • All UTHSC faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit proposals. Proposals may specify partnerships with other UTHSC units or groups from the community willing to invest in the diversity initiative, program or QEP. Letter(s) of Support are welcome but not required.
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically through the online Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant Application.
  • Proposals must be submitted in their completed form (that is, with full information concerning all aspects of the initiative and/or program).
  • Click here to preview the questions that are required for the complete Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant Application.
  • The results will be announced to all participants promptly after the deadline.
Proposal Evaluation Criteria
  1. The proposed initiative’s expected effectiveness in addressing one or more of the four (4) target areas, and they are:

    a. improving the university's work environment;
    b. improving the university's academic environment;
    c. recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees; and
    d. cultural competence

  2. The extent to which the proposed strategy shows that the proposer’s unit (college, department, unit) takes substantial ownership for and commitment to the initiative and/or program.
  3. The extent to which the diversity initiative is designed to build initiatives and/or program, showing development toward a sustained and continuing effort.
  4. The extent to which the proposed initiative and/or program promotes partnerships among faculty, staff, and students to address the targeted area.
  5. The Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grant serves as a seed grant to enhance or build an initiative.
Award Requirements

What can be funded:

  • Honorarium
  • Travel for speakers, trainers, performance artists
  • Lodging
  • Printing and supply costs
  • Rental for venues or equipment
  • Travel for faculty or students out of the country
  • Food for events

What cannot be funded:

  • Flowers
  • Overload for faculty
  • Computers, digital cameras or printers
  • Administrative support to initiate the project
  • Applications seeking retrospective funding
Award Administration

Awardees are required to complete a final report, submitted to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within two (2) months after the project has been completed - Limit to 1000 words. Projects or programs must begin during the semester grant funds are awarded and completed within one year.

The final report should include the following information: 

  1. Project/program objectives: List objectives/outcomes identified in grant application.
  2. Project evaluation: How effective was the project/program? Describe how the project effectiveness was evaluated. 
  3. Sustainability: Will the program continue? Describe plans to continue, extend, or modify this program for the future. Describe recommended project/program improvements.  
  4. List any publications about this project to the broader community through presentations, articles, press releases or other media coverage and any products created through this project, such as websites, course materials or modules or other items. 
  5. Submit program budget actuals. 
D & I Mini-Grant Application

For the official application, click here.

Proposals will be accepted on an annual basis, and funds will be distributed with the new fiscal year. Project must be completed within the fiscal year of fund disbursement. Final reports will be due two (2) months after the conclusion of the project.

Proposal Deadline: February 20, 2019

Notification of Awardees: March 2019

Distribution of Funds: July 1, 2019

Project Completion: June 30, 2020

Final Report Due: September 1, 2020

Last Published: Mar 18, 2019