Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant

The Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant program supports projects and programs with an immediate impact enhancing the diversity goals of the University of Iowa’s Strategic Plan: Renewing the Iowa Promise: Great Opportunities – Bold Expectations, 2010-2016.

If your proposal will advance cross-cultural understanding, strengthen positive inter-group relations and promote a welcoming learning environment, is a new project or program and will benefit the campus directly, we would like to hear from you!

What is the review process?

Proposals are examined by the Catalyst Seed Grant Committee. Members are charged with reviewing projects and recommending levels of funding. In cases where there is a conflict of interest, committee members will recuse themselves from the discussion.

What are the selection criteria?

Programs and projects will be evaluated based on:

  • Measurable impact on diversity as a core value as identified in Renewing the Iowa Promise: Great Opportunities – Bold Expectations, The Strategic Plan for the University of Iowa, 2010-2016
  • High probability to complete program/project within the fiscal year of 2016-17 (June 2017)
  • Programming that supports a welcoming climate
  • Activities that enable sustainable efforts for the university climate
  • Evidence of collaboration across groups, departments or organizations at the University of Iowa
  • Quality and breadth of impact
  • The potential to engage a significant number of individuals in diversity efforts at the University of Iowa

What is required of the recipient?

  • We ask that all winning recipients have an ‘050’ fund account to which we can transfer funds. These funds must be spent by June 30, 2017 (end of the current fiscal year) and will not be replaced by the awarding department if not spent in time by the recipient. Student organizations please contact the Student Organizations Business Office for MFK information at (319) 335-3065 or sobo@uiowa.edu.
  • All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grant as a funding source.
  • Program final reports must be submitted to diversity-awards@uiowa.edu within 30 days of completion of the program and no later than January 31 of the following calendar year.

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How can the funds be used?

Funds may be used for costs associated with trainings and workshops on campus such as:

  • Course materials
  • New equipment
  • Speaker fees for conferences/trainings
  • Funds to develop web-based trainings

However, they are restricted and MAY NOT be used for the following:

  • Support of speakers, unless tied to a training or workshop
  • Funding of publications (newsletters, journals, newspapers, brochures, etc.) unless the publication is part of the new initiative
  • Student stipends
  • Purchases of food

We anticipate awarding up to five (5) Seed Grants Awarded with a maximum of $1000 each.

Deadline

Monday, November 14, 2016

Eligibility

Faculty
Graduate Student
Staff
Undergraduate Student

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled at or employed by the University of Iowa. All proposed projects and programs must be new initiatives. Funds may not be used to support ongoing projects and programs.

Proposals must demonstrate collaboration between at least two groups, departments, or organizations at the University of Iowa that support a curricular domain.

How to Apply

Proposals may be submitted in electronic format to diversity-awards@uiowa.edu. If you need assistance submitting your proposal electronically, please contact Dana Dominguez at (319) 353-2388 by Monday, October 24, 2016. (Deadline generally late October)

There are several components applicants must include in the application. Please use this checklist to ensure that you have collected all the necessary materials and that you allow yourself ample to time to do so.

  • Title of grant
  • Name, email address, and phone number of individual submitting the proposal
  • Name(s) of co-sponsors and who they represent (i.e. student groups, academic department, university office)
  • The constituent group(s) your proposal seeks to represent.
  • Program proposal (NOT TO EXCEED 2 PAGES, 12-point, single –spaced), consisting of:
    • Introduction
    • Purpose statement
    • Objectives
    • Program description
    • Evaluation (identify metrics to measure and determine if program objectives were achieved)
    • Budget
    • Letter of financial support or interest in future collaboration from university departments, offices and/or organizations or community entity. It is imperative that the applicant demonstrate how the program will be financially sustained after Seed Grant funds are exhausted.
    • Information regarding any current or anticipated financial support for the program in addition to Seed Grant funding.
    • Letter(s) of administrative support and/or collaboration. We recommend that you solicit letters of support/collaboration by Monday, October 18, 2016.
  • Confirm that the project or program is a new initiative.

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