The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to offer the DEI Impact Grant program, a recommendation by the IDEA Council, the campus body charged with prioritizing recommendations included in the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan. The seed grant program will help advance diversity, equity and inclusion by supporting and highlighting new and existing efforts that operationalize and enhance an academic or administrative unit’s capacity to deepen progress on the five DEI goals inspired by the IDEA Plan. Grant proposals are accepted twice yearly – in January for summer proposals and in February for academic-year proposals. A trained team of CU Boulder staff and faculty volunteers evaluate proposals in consideration of alignment with goals, outcomes, rigorous assessment and unit support.

The five DEI goals inspired by the IDEA Plan highlight:

  • Employee skills and development
  • Student achievement outcomes
  • Community-building
  • Employee recruitment outcomes
  • Preparing students for a diverse democracy

While there are no funding limits placed on proposals, submitters should demonstrate unit support and capacity for assuming program costs over time. Proposals may be submitted by one or more academic or administrative units. The Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion oversees the distribution of institutional seed grant funding to support this program, providing consultation, accepting proposals and organizing peer reviewers.

Funding Renewal Process

  • Renewal limit: four renewals (five total awards)
  • A new proposal submission is required for each renewal request
  • Renewal rewards (if initial proposals are successful) will decrease by approximately 20% each year (years two, three, four and five)

Grantees will take part in a community of practice (CoP) to share and grow in community with other colleagues across CU Boulder. This CoP will also serve as a space to share successes and lessons learned during program or initiative implementation.

Recipients will submit an evaluative report within 60 days of the conclusion of the funded initiative or program that 1) describes activities supported; 2) assesses project outcomes; and 3) details any project improvements and future plans for building upon the initiative or program.

Proposal Summary

Summer 2023

  • Number of proposals submitted: 9
  • Number of proposals funded: 5

Academic Year 2024

  • Number of proposals submitted: 37
  • Number of proposals funded: 17

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