Diversity 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 2016-2021.

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 the Strategic Plan for the University of Iowa, 2016-2021
  • High probability to complete program/project within the fiscal year of 2019-2020 (June 2020)
  • 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 should be spent by June 30, 2020 (end of the current fiscal year) and will not be replaced by the awarding department if not spent in time, or funds are not transferred by the recipient. Student organizations please contact the Student Organizations Business Office for MFK information at (319) 335-3065 or sobo@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail).

All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Diversity Catalyst Award Seed Grant as a funding source.

Program final reports must be submitted to diversity-resources@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail) within 30 days of completion of the program and no later than January 31 of the following calendar year.


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
  • Activities held off campus
  • Funding of publications (newsletters, journals, newspapers, brochures, etc.) unless the publication is part of the new initiative
  • Student stipends
  • Purchases of food
  • We will consider awarding up to five (5) Seed Grants with a maximum of $1000 each.


Friday, December 6, 2019


Graduate Student
Undergraduate Student


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 current 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-resources@uiowa.edu (link sends e-mail). If you need assistance submitting your proposal electronically, please contact Dana Dominguez at (319) 353-2388.

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, no more than 12-point font, 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. 

Confirm that the project or program is a new initiative.


Assistant Director, Diversity Resources