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Diversity and Inclusion Mini Grants

2022 Deadline: Friday, April 29, 2022

The Office of Inclusion, 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.

Emphasis will be given to proposals designed to strengthen and promote diversity on campus by:

    • improving the university's work environment
    • improving the university's academic environment
    • recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, students, and trainees
    • cultural humility

We also highly encourage interprofessional efforts and collaborations between students and faculty or students and staff.

Review Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion review committee is charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity/Chief Diversity Officer. 

Results will be announced to all participants regardless of status within 4-5 weeks after the submission deadline. Accepted proposals will be notified via email and via campus announcement. Unaccepted proposals will be notified via email with feedback.

Grant Amount

Diversity and Inclusion Mini-Grants serve as seed grants to enhance or build an initiative/program that furthers UTHSC’s mission, strategic plan or QEP. The funds will be a resource for ideas and opportunities that present during one fiscal year and can be executed with short-term planning. Interested persons may request a maximum of $3,000.

Proposal Requirements

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 using the online Diversity and Inclusion

Mini-Grant Application. Applicants must adhere to word limitations and address every question in its entirety.

Past grantees may apply again as long as they are in good-standing.

Results will be announced to all participants regardless of status within 4-5 weeks after the submission 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
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.

Proposals will also be evaluated using a rubric; applicants may review the rubric as a guideline when composing their applications.

Award Limitations

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


Funds must be used before the end of the FY in which the grant was distributed. Failure to use funds within the allocated period without proper approval to extend project, will result in forfeiture of funds.

D & I Mini-Grant Application

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: April 29, 2022

Notification of Grantees: 4 - 5 weeks after proposal deadline

Distribution of Funds: July 2022

Project Completion: June 30, 2023

Final Report Due: September 1, 2023

Sep 15, 2022