Undergraduate Academic Affairs

UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grants

The UW Resilience Lab is pleased to announce the creation of seed grants to support resilience and compassion building initiatives that foster connection and community. These small grants will support impactful activities, programming, projects, and/or research that align with the following goals of the UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives:

  • To cultivate kindness, compassion and gratitude toward each other and ourselves;
  • To engage hardships, setbacks and failures with compassion and vulnerability, and as rich opportunities for learning and growth;
  • To foster connectedness, belonging and community;
  • To embrace both common humanity and diversity within the human experience.

Students, staff and faculty — including administrative and academic units — are encouraged to apply for seed grants to fund research, workshops, retreats, activities, faculty-invited speakers or other events tailored for students, faculty and staff that directly support the above stated goals.

Example of a currently funded project

The UW Resilience Lab has teamed with UW Recreation and the UW Brotherhood Initiative (BI) to provide BI scholars with quarter-long mindfulness passes. The BI’s mission is to “empower undergraduate males of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service and success.” By providing BI scholars with quarter-long mindfulness passes, this funded project enables BI scholars to access a wide range of wellness activities that ultimately support their success in the classroom and overall well-being.


Eligibility, Funding and Reporting

Applications for seed grants are open on April 1, 2019 and due by April 30, 2019. Recipients will be notified by the end of May 2019.

Award amounts will range from $500 to $3,000. Funds may be disbursed in phases depending on the nature of the project.

Projects must be completed by the end of the 2019–20 academic year. Recipients must submit a report within 60 days of the project’s conclusion that:

  1. Lists supported activities;
  2. Describes the evaluation results and what was learned from the project;
  3. Describes any recommendations for improving the project in the future;
  4. Describe next steps and the potential for sustainability of the project;
  5. Accounts for project funds.


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by committee members of the UW Resilience Lab. Proposals will be judged on:

  1. Clear and direct alignment with the UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives’ goals,
  2. Feasibility, and
  3. Impact on the UW community.

Bonus points will be awarded for:

  1. Applications that include a letter of support from appropriate unit lead (e.g. person holding chair, dean, or VP-level roles) or letter from a faculty or staff adviser for student-led applications, and
  2. Projects that directly support the University of Washington’s commitments to race and equity, innovation, and population health.

Submit the following application materials:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Project proposal (no more than 2 pages, single-spaced in length) including:
    1. Brief background describing the theoretic and/or empirical justification for your proposed project.
    2. Brief description of your proposed project, including clearly delineated goal(s) or aims(s).
    3. Brief description of how you will evaluate whether or not your project met its intended goals.
    4. Statement of how your project aligns with the Resilience and Compassion Initiatives’ goals and how it will impact the UW community.
  3. A detailed budget proposal (no more than 1 page in length) of how the funds will be used. Please include a description of matching funds and/or any additional funds to support your project as applicable.
  4. (Optional) Letter of support from appropriate unit lead (e.g. person holding chair, dean or VP-level roles) or letter from a faculty or staff adviser/mentor for student-led applications.

Apply Now

For questions, please contact Anne Browning at anneb7@uw.edu.