Diversity Mini Grants

Program Goal

The Council on University Community will provide small grants (maximum of $1,000) to faculty, staff, and students to implement projects and/or activities that promote the value of diversity on campus.  These mini-grants are intended for small scale initiatives that require quick access to funds.  The funds will be a resource for ideas and opportunities that present during the fiscal year and can be executed with short-term planning.

Funds must be expended by June 15, 2017.  Projects that begin or extend in to the next fiscal year will not be considered.  Applicants for these projects should apply in the appropriate fiscal year. 


Students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply.  Student organizations, College departments, and staff units are encouraged to apply for the grant.   Projects that are supported by full Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund awards are not eligible for additional funding via the mini-grants. 

Program Criteria

The proposed project must relate to an objective of the Campus Plan for Diversity, Access, and Inclusion.  The goals of the project must advance the diversity goal of the University.  The Diversity Mini-Grants will prioritize projects which are collaborative across units, departments, and organization.

Potential Uses of the Mini-Grant

Examples of projects that could be funded include: training, workshops, forums, films, outreach activities, and development of printed materials or media about diversity or that highlight diversity within your unit.


A proposal (no longer than two pages) must be submitted to Kerrie Stewart, Special Assistant to the Council on University Community by email (kdstewar@uncc.edu).  It must include the following information:

  • Project description  
    • Target Audience.  Specify the target audience for the project.
    • Timeline.  Provide the timeline that will be used for planning and implementation.
    • Budget.  List all expenses for which funds are requested. 
  • Goals of the project
  • Expected outcomes and plan for project evaluation
  • Describe in detail how this project addresses an objective in the Campus Plan for Diversity, Access, and Inclusion.  Cite the objective(s) to which the project relates. (The Campus Plan is available at http://diversity.uncc.edu/diversityplan.)


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  The proposals will be reviewed by the ADVANCE Faculty Affairs and Diversity Office.  Applicants can expect to receive a decision within one week.  Awards will be made until allotted funds are expended.

Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the Diversity Plan objectives.
  • Clearly defined plan, appropriate to the specific aim of the project.
  • Reasonable expected outcomes and impact.
  • Appropriate budget and plan for evaluation.
  • How will this project help your group sustain a focus on the objectives of the Diversity Plan?

Recipients will be expected to complete a brief end-of-project report.



            For questions or more information about the Diversity Mini-Grants, please contact Kerrie Stewart at 687-5114 or kdstewar@uncc.edu.