Inclusive Community Grants

Inclusive Community Grants are meant to support the college’s efforts to build relationships across difference as we seek to promote a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Inclusive community grants are open to all faculty, staff and students and will provide $250 to $2,500 in funding for a special project during the 2019-20 academic year. These projects should address a campus climate concern and promote dialogue among members of the campus community on topics such as race, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, religion and disability.

Teams of faculty, staff and students representing various departments or organizations on campus are encouraged to work in partnership with one another to design a project that considers those topics. Multiple projects will be chosen for funding and proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, but must be submitted by these decision dates: Sept. 20, Oct. 25 and Feb. 3.

Successful proposals will include the following: 

  1. An explanation of how the project will advance efforts to improve campus climate.
  2. An explanation of how the project will be personally and/or professionally meaningful to the team proposing the project.
  3. A clear timeline for completing the project within the current academic year.
  4. A detailed description of how the funds will be spent on the project over the course of the current academic year.

We expect to award a number of grants within the $250 to $500 range, and a limited number of grants within the $1,500 to $2,500 range. The expectation is that the larger grant range will fund a project that affects a greater portion of the campus community. Funds must be expended within the academic year in which the grant is awarded.

Submitting Your Proposal

Please email a one-page description of the project, including a 50-word synopsis of the project to Heather Lobban-Viravong at hlobbanviravong@ursinus.edu. Applicants should also attach a detailed budget. 

Proposals will be reviewed by the diversity committee, with final decisions made jointly by the president’s office, the dean of the college and the director of the Institute for Inclusion and Equity.

Teams awarded a grant will be asked to share the results of their projects at an on-campus event in spring 2020. We will release more details about this event in the months ahead.