Utah State University Diversity Council
Diversity Council Grant Awards
The purpose of the Diversity Council Grant Awards Program is to support initiatives across the Utah State University system that align with the mission, goals and objectives of Utah State University as well as the Utah State University Diversity Council. The funds are designed to support both one-time programming and events, as well as long–term, one–to three–year projects that support the University’s mission, goals, and objectives related to diversity and inclusion.
- Support a university climate that welcomes diversity of thought and culture.
- Promote the appreciation of diversity of thought and expression as the foundation of a vibrant intellectual environment.
- Respect all persons, their differences, and the communities they form in an environment of trust and respect.
- Enhance diversity in recruiting and retaining students, faculty, staff, and administrators from historically underrepresented groups.
- Promote the success of diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators from historically underrepresented groups.
- Engage members of the university community in diversity efforts.
- Enhance the quality of teaching and learning about diversity.
There are two separate forms of Diversity Council Grant Awards. The first is for one–time events and programming, and the maximum award is $1,000. It is not a recurring award. The second Diversity Council Grant Award is intended to support longer term proposals, spanning up to three sequential years. Proposals are eligible for a maximum of $5,000 each year, totaling $15,000. No more than $1,000 each year may be used for travel. Each subsequent year’s funding is contingent on a successful annual review by the Diversity Council. The two kinds of awards cannot be combined.
All USU faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply for a grant. Applicants must be currently enrolled at or employed by Utah State University. Student organizations wishing to submit a proposal must be officially recognized by ASUSU or an academic unit. Proposals may also specify partnerships with other University units or groups from the community committed to investing in the diversity project/program.
Amounts of Funding
Maximum awards range from $3,000-$5,000 and may be available for up to 3 sequential years pending successful annual review. The review process is competitive; not all applications will be funded.
Applications for one–time proposals will be available throughout the year. It is highly recommended, though not required, that you submit your application at least two months in advance of your event or program to ensure funds availability in time for your event. No retroactive grant awards are permitted. One-time grant awards must be used within 9 months of the award, or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever occurs first. A Final Report on the use of the funds and proposal implementation will be due 60 days from the date of the event or program.
Long–term grant proposals are due to the Diversity Council by May 1 of each year. However, the 2013 applications will be due no later than Wednesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. for in person submissions, and no later than midnight for electronic submissions. All proposals must be accompanied by a budget and a timeline. Failure to submit Final or Annual Reports will result in rescission of future allocations, required repayment, or both. Please submit hard copies to TSC 220 or 314B. All e-mail submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
Notifications of awards will be sent out by mid-July of each year. Annual and Final Reports, detailing your assessment efforts, project success, and project outcomes will be due June 1 of each year following your award.
All proposals must be accompanied by a budget and a timeline. Failure to submit Final or Annual Reports will result in rescission of future allocations, required repayment, or both.
Selection Criteria and Review Process
Diversity and inclusion–related proposals must support the mission, goals and objectives of Utah State University and the Utah State University Diversity Council. All proposals are strongly encouraged to include cost sharing, either in the form of monies or effort, of at least twenty–five percent (25%).
One-Time Diversity Council Grant Awards
- Request must be central to the event’s purpose, not an add-on
- Must have a PR/communication plan
- Preference given to applications with:
- Matching monies rather than cost-sharing in the form of effort
- Events and programs that affect large numbers of people
Long-Term Diversity Council Grant Awards
- Request must have a well-thought out evaluation or assessment plan
- Proposals must demonstrate a plan that reaches either a large number of people or have a high impact on a smaller number of people
- Proposals must demonstrate a comprehensive plan for the length of the grant term, including a PR plan, a proposal timeline, etc.
- Preference will be given to applications with:
- Collaborative partnerships with other organizations/departments
- Matching monies rather than effort cost-sharing
- A plan to continue the project or program beyond the term of the grant.
- Planning and Evaluation
- Clearly defined goals and project/program objectives
- Stated learning objectives and learning outcomes
- The project/program's expected effectiveness
- Proposed assessment or measure of effectiveness
- Organizational and Financial Management
- Realistic budget, reflecting multiple sources of revenue and support
- Substantial ownership for and commitment to the proposed strategy by proposer's unit (e.g. College, department, division, organization) through cost sharing or matching funds
- Cooperative Collaboration
- The extent to which the proposed initiative promotes partnerships (among faculty, staff, students, and administrators) to ensure that all resources devoted to equity and diversity are leveraged to insure maximum potential impact
- The extent to which the diversity initiative or innovation is designed to build or inform permanent structures and programs: showing development toward sustained and continued efforts
Funds will not be released until supporting documentation of cost/effort match has been received.
Below are examples of previous grant proposals that the Diversity Council has selected for funding: