Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant

Application Deadline: December 6, 2020 | Click HERE to apply!

Seed Grant

The Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant supports new initiatives that contribute to a diversity, equity, inclusion related strategic goal either at the departmental, college or university level i.e. measurable positive impact on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa. Selected initiatives hold promising potential for an immediate positive impact on campus community.   

Working definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa:

Diversity: Diversity refers to all aspects of human difference, social identities, and social group differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, creed, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, socio-economic status, language, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, age, (dis)ability, military/veteran status, political perspective, and associational preferences.

Inclusion: Inclusion refers to a campus community where all members are and feel respected, have a sense of belonging, and are able to participate and achieve to their potential. While diversity is essential, it is not sufficient. An institution can be both diverse and non-inclusive at the same time, thus a sustained practice of creating inclusive environments is necessary for success.

Equity: Equity refers to fair and just practices and policies that ensure all campus community members can thrive. Equity is different than equality in that equality implies treating everyone as if their experiences are exactly the same. Being equitable means acknowledging and addressing structural inequalities — historic and current — that advantage some and disadvantage others. Equal treatment results in equity only if everyone starts with equal access to opportunities.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at or employed by the University of Iowa.
  • Proposed initiative must be a new initiative. Funds may not be used to support ongoing initiatives.
  • Proposed initiative must contribute to a diversity, equity, inclusion related strategic goal either at the departmental, college or university level i.e. measurable positive impact on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Iowa.  
  • Proposed initiative must be on campus.
  • Proposed initiative should demonstrate the probability to be completed within the grant cycle.
  • Initiative sustainability is encouraged but not required.
  • Collaboration with campus partners to implement proposed initiative is encouraged but not required.

  • Complete application by the established deadline. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Alignment with diversity, equity, inclusion related strategic goal(s).
  • High probability to complete the initiative within the grant cycle.
  • A clear evaluation plan to measure the intended positive impacts of the proposed initiative. 
  • Quality and breadth of positive impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to complete initiative within the proposed budget.
  • Applications will be evaluated by the Seed Grant Committee composed of Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff. The committee will review applications and make funding recommendation to the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The AVP will make the final grant awards.

  • Applications can only be submitted using this online form.
  • Individual submitting the workflow application will be the point of contact. All communications regarding the application/grant will be sent to them and it is their responsibility to communicate information with rest of the group.
  • If the applicant is a student organization, the advisor will have to sponsor the application.
  • Applicants who receive the grant must submit a final program report by November following the end of grant cycle.
  • All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grant as a funding source.

Title: (Required)

Purpose Statement: (Required)

Objectives: (Required)

(Please share how you plan to achieve the purpose of your proposed initiative)

Description: (Required)

(Please use this section to provide background information, to describe your proposed initiative, to list constituent group(s) your proposed initiative will benefit, to identity team members/collaborators, and to any include other relevant information regarding your proposed initiative)

Alignment with diversity, equity, inclusion related strategic goal(s): (Required)

(Please share how your proposed initiative contributes to diversity, equity, inclusion related strategic goal(s) either at the departmental, college or university level)

Evaluation Plan: (Required)

(Please share how you plan to measure the impact of your proposed initiative and determine if the proposed objectives were achieved)

Implementation Timeline: (Required)

(Please share a detailed implementation timeline for your proposed initiative)

Budget: (Required)

(Please include a detailed budget for your proposed initiative. Please clearly identify any other sponsor(s) and associated amount)

Acknowledgement: (Required)

By submitting this application:

  • you acknowledge that you understand the requirements and stipulations of the Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant.
  • you confirm that the proposed project is a new initiative.
  • you acknowledge that all the information provided by you on this application is true to the best of your knowledge. 

  • Seed Grant of up to $1,000 will be awarded. Number of grants will depend on the funds available.
  • Funds will be disbursed to a 050 account in applicant’s immediate department. If funds are not spent by the deadline, unused funds will be transferred back to the Seed Grant account. A summary of how the funds were spent must be included in the final report.
  • The deadline to use grant funding is May of the grant cycle.
  • Seed Grant funds may not be used for stipends, purchase of food, activities held off campus, expenses related to inviting speakers – unless tied to a training/workshop/seminar/conference, funding of publications unless the publication is part of the new initiative.

Please Note:

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion staff are not eligible to apply or collaborate on awarded grants. Applicants will be disqualified if we learn about any involvement of DDEI staff at any point of the grant cycle.

Point of Contact:

Yashwant Prakash Vyas, MPA

Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant Committee Chair

Assistant Director, Diversity Resources

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | The university of Iowa

Ph: 319-353-2388 | Email: yashwant-vyas@uiowa.edu