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Broadening Inclusion Grant

"Diversity is getting invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance." Verna Myers.

Fall 2020 Deadline Extended: December 11, 2020

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion invites students, staff and faculty to apply for the new Broadening Inclusion Grant. This grant is designed to encourage members of our campus community to think broadly about innovative ways to engage across disciplines and perspectives in hope of creating a more inclusive and just society. OVCDEI is committed to supporting best practices, sustainable efforts, and co-curricular practices that foster respect and inclusion.

Broadening Inclusion Grant Application Form

Requests up to $5,000 per proposal will be considered.

Purpose of the Broadening Inclusion Grant

  1. To build collaborative and inclusive experiences among diverse groups and across disciplines.
  2. To develop programs that broaden and strengthen Illinois’ diversity of experiences and community.
  3. To foster a better climate of inclusion in order to create transformative change across campus.

For Spring 2021, proposals that seek to bring together members of our community from different cultural and religious backgrounds and perspectives will be given a priority.


Funding will be provided for proposals that clearly articulate how the project will enhance inclusion to benefit cross-cultural interaction, instruction, research productivity, student outcomes, and/or faculty development. Recognizing that there are a variety of needs that require specific and targeted efforts, funding can be utilized in a myriad of ways. For example, proposals might include the development of workshops, conversation series, research projects, developing materials, initiation of faculty writing groups, educational forums, or cultural/educational programs.

Successful proposals will represent partnerships or collaborations between (a) student groups, units, RSOs, campus-serving organizations and (b) faculty or staff employed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Funding Cycle

Broadening Inclusion Grant Proposals are reviewed each fall and spring semester for the upcoming 12-month period.

For Projects Starting in Spring 2021

Deadline: November 30, 2020

For Projects Starting in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Award Details

Requests up to $5,000 per proposal will be considered. Proposals must be a collaboration between an academic unit or faculty member and a Registered Student Organization or another campus unit. Special consideration will be given to proposals that are new initiatives. Funds must be spent in accordance with university policy and procedure.

Grant recipients will be asked to provide an end-of-semester final report to OVCDEI outlining the delivery of the program, assessing goals and outcomes, as well as reflecting on successes and challenges. The report should also include planned next steps to develop or sustain the program. A report format will be provided to successful applicants.

Application Requirements

Please apply through the online WebTools form.

In the form, you will be asked to include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Organizers
  • Collaborators (Names, Affiliations and Email Addresses)
  • Project Description (500 word maximum)
  • Anticipated Community Building Outcomes
  • Target Audience
  • Anticipated Participation
  • Plans for Sustainability
  • Amount Requested
  • Budget and Justification

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Please provide a budget for this program and describe how the amount requested will allow you to meet the grant’s goal of building collaborative and inclusive experiences among diverse groups and across disciplines.


Funds will be provided upon request and cannot exceed actual expenses for the project. Support will only be provided in the form to State and ICR funds. Documentation of expenses must be provided upon request from the OVCDEI.


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