Request for Proposals: Diversity & Excellence Grants 2014-2015

University of Colorado | Office of Academic Affairs




Purpose and Description
Diversity & Excellence Grants fund innovative projects that promote inclusive excellence and diversity throughout the University of Colorado System. Grants of up to $3,000 each will be awarded to proposals that creatively advance the principles of diversity and inclusion in substantive ways.
Guidelines for Proposals
The selection committee has adopted the following guidelines:

  • Grant proposals may be submitted by CU faculty or staff, as individuals or as teams, but at least one of the participants is required to have faculty or staff status.
  • Projects are restricted to a maximum award of $3,000.
  • Commitment for funding is given only on an annual basis, and such commitment should not be construed as an automatic commitment for funding in a subsequent year.
  • Multi-campus projects are favored when other factors (such as quality of the proposal) are equal.
  • Priority is given to proposals that can demonstrate tangible results, sustainability, capacity-building and the potential for replication.
  • When projects are seeking other funding in addition to the Diversity & Excellence Grants, the sources of such funds and the status of the requests should be clearly stated.
  • The proposal narrative shall not exceed three typed, double-spaced pages. Additional significant information may be included in the appendices.

Examples of recently funded projects are listed at

Format for Proposals
One-page cover sheet should include:

  • Title of the project
  • Name, title, department, phone number and email address of author(s)
  • A brief description of and purpose for the project

Proposal narrative that includes (in three pages or less):

  • Statement of the intended impact, outcomes and measures
  • Statement about how the project reflects the institution’s diversity goals
  • Timeframe for completion

Budget and justification:

A complete and detailed budget that includes the precise dollar amount requested, justification for each portion of the requested budget and all other budget-related information. Separate the section of the budget the Diversity and Excellence Grant would fund from the other sections of the budget. Supporting documents (appendices), which can include:

  • Statements of support from supervisors, deans or other officers
  • CVs or resumes of participants, invited guests and/or outside speakers
  • Other information that may be useful for the selection committee
Selection Process
The campus diversity offices will forward the top six proposals to the system-wide selection committee. The system-wide selection committee of faculty, staff and students from each campus will review the proposals, rating them on their merits and ranking them in relation to all other proposals.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Submission Process
Submit an electronic copy of the proposal as one PDF or MS Word document to your campus contact person, listed below. Subject heading for submissions should be “2015 Diversity & Excellence Submission.”

University of Colorado Boulder
Alphonse Keasley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement

University of Colorado
Colorado Springs

Kee Warner
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusiveness

University of Colorado
Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Brenda Allen
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

More Info
Office of Academic Affairs

University of Colorado | Office of Academic Affairs
303-860-5623 | Diversity and Excellence Grants
1800 Grant Street, Suite 800 | Denver, Colorado | 80203