Diversity at the UW

Seed Grants

The Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer is pleased to offer Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grants. These small grants support projects for institutional transformation across the University of Washington’s tri-campus community that align with the goals of the 2017-2021 UW Diversity Blueprint.

The six goals of the Diversity Blueprint are:

  • Cultivate an Inclusive Campus Climate,
  • Attract, Retain, and Graduate a Diverse and Excellent Student Body,
  • Attract and Retain a Diverse Faculty,
  • Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff,
  • Assess Tri-Campus Diversity Needs, and
  • Improve Accountability and Transparency.

For each broad goal, the Diversity Council has identified a number of strategic priorities and suggested action steps that are essential to progress.

Administrative and academic units are encouraged to apply for seed grants to support projects that help advance one or more of the goals.

Award amounts will typically range between $1,000-$3,000.

Eligibility, Funding, and Reporting

Proposals are accepted twice annually and may be submitted by one or more academic or administrative units.

Projects must begin during the quarter grant funds are disbursed and completed within one year.

Recipients will submit a report within 60 days of the project’s conclusion that 1) lists activities supported, 2) evaluates project outcomes, 3) describes any recommended project improvements, and 4) accounts for project funds. Depending on the nature of the project, funds may be disbursed in phases.

Fall 2019 Application Timeline Spring 2020 Application Timeline
Application opens: October 25, 2019 Application opens: May 1, 2020
Application closes: December 6, 2019 Application closes: June 12, 2020
Award notifications: February 2020 Award notifications: August 2020
Award disbursed: Spring 2020 Award disbursed: Fall 2020

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of members of the UW Diversity Council. Proposals will be judged on their alignment with the Diversity Blueprint, feasibility, and potential impact on the unit and/or the campus community. Priority given to projects that are supported with matching funds from the relevant deans, vice presidents, or departments/units.

Selection Criteria

Thus far, strong proposal have included one or more of the following attributes:

  • A strong connection to one or more of the UW Diversity Blueprint goals
  • Clearly articulated project outcomes and metrics for success
  • A diversity and inclusion model other units will be able to emulate
  • Broad project impact across all three campuses
  • Potential for long-term sustainability

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Past Awardees