Support for Diversity-Oriented Activities and Inclusive STEM Outreach

The College of the Environment supports students, staff, postdocs, and faculty interested in organizing and hosting a range of activities that include meetings, workshops, retreats, trainings, educational outreach, or other special events to raise awareness and promote dialogue about one or more of the multiple dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Students, faculty, postdocs, and staff are encouraged to submit proposals for creative and innovative activities and programs to help further a climate of inclusiveness in the College of the Environment. Proposals should enhance/create learning experiences, events, and programs.

Priority in funding will be given to proposals that:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion values, through a commitment to:
    • Ensure the participation of historically underrepresented students, staff, and faculty; or,
    • Increase the retention of historically underrepresented students, staff, and faculty
  • Demonstrate alignment with the UW Diversity Blueprint
  • Reflect collaborative efforts between two or more groups and/or units
  • Promote inclusive STEM outreach efforts or promote equity and inclusion capacity building within the College
  • Be cost-effective
  • Leverage matching funds from other sponsors


Support ranges from $300 to $1500, depending on the size and impact of the project.

Awardees will be required to submit a brief report within one month after the event that documents total costs, including what specifically the College’s support was used for; the total number attendees, including the number of College members involved; and a description of how diversity, equity, and inclusion was advanced within the College. We strongly encourage organizers to collect data through surveys or other methods to demonstrate that your program/event met its goals and outcomes.

Funding may not be used for:

  • Alcohol
  • Accommodation or food expenses above per diem
  • Stipend or salary payments
  • Personal need expenses, scholarships, or housing expenses
  • Activities that have no obvious benefit to the UW and College of the Environment communities

To apply

The grant proposal must include the following:

  • A brief description of the project (no more than 2 pages in length), including:
    • Project or event title
    • Justification and a short description
    • Main objectives
    • Alignment to goals included in the UW Diversity Blueprint
    • Target audience
    • List of collaborators (if any)
    • Date(s) of the event

    Here’s a sample grant proposal for a diversity outreach project.

  • A budget for the proposed program/event (no more than 1 page in length). Please include a description of matching funds and/or any additional commitments of support
  • A letter of support from the Dean, Director, Chair or Program Manager or Faculty Advisor most closely associated with the proposed activity

Applicants are also encouraged to include:

  • Resume of any speakers invited to participate in the program/event, if applicable
  • List of all collaborating groups and explanation of the nature of the collaboration
  • Draft advertising/promotional items (if available)

Failure to complete a follow-up report will make all awardee collaborators ineligible for future funding.

Proposals must be submitted for review at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Completed applications should be submitted as an attachment via email to

Submission deadlines

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year until all funds have been allocated.