Diversity Mini-Grant Program Now Accepting Applications for Projects

Faculty and Staff Diversity Mini-Grant Program

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The President’s, Academic Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion offices are supporting the Faculty and Staff Diversity Mini-Grant Program at Ferris State University.

The mini-grants provide financial assistance for new projects, innovative projects, workshops and activities that strengthen diversity and inclusion. In the fall and spring semesters, $20,000 will be placed in this fund. Awards range from $500 to $5,000. An ad hoc committee of three faculty and two staff members, appointed by Diversity and Inclusion Vice President David Pilgrim, will review applications and make recommendations. The committee will bring its recommendations to Pilgrim for final approval.

Applications may be submitted by any current faculty or staff member; however, they must represent a team of at least three people to be consistent with the university core value of collaboration.

Grant Dates

Projects Starting After Jan. 1, 2014
Applications Due: Nov. 15, 2013
Grant Review Date By: Nov. 22, 2013

Projects Starting After Feb. 14, 2014
Applications Due: Jan. 31, 2014
Grant Review Date By: Feb. 7, 2014

Projects Starting After April 18, 2014
Applications Due: April 4, 2014
Grant Review Date By: April 11, 2014

The mini-grants are used for a variety of purposes that include, but are not limited to: guest speakers on a diversity topic, special programs intended to increase respect for diversity and individual differences, equipment or material items used to support under-represented or under-served groups, projects that support the recruitment, retention and development of diverse full-time faculty and staff, and events that expand the inclusion of issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability, religion and political beliefs.

For more information, contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at (231) 591-3946.

Applications should be submitted to Patty Terryn in the Diversity and Inclusion Office, CSS 312. Review will continue contingent on available funds. At the committee’s discretion, applicants may be asked to participate in a brief interview to better explain their proposal.

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Last updated: 11-11-2013