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HCDE DEI Mini Grants

HCDE mini grants support grassroots diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the department. Proposals can cover a wide range of community building, group training, and other DEI-related efforts. 

Example projects:

  • Catering, speaker honoraria, or travel costs for a community-building event.
  • DEI-related school projects that would have a wide impact or outreach potential.
  • Funding to compensate participants from vulnerable groups for school projects.

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to apply for awards of typically up to $300. Applications for greater than $300 may be considered if they are well-justified and demonstrate the potential to broadly impact the HCDE community. We intend to fund a maximum of two projects each year per applicant with the review panel prioritizing new applicants. Typically no more than one-third of the total budget for the year will be allocated per quarter.

Fall 2021 deadlines 

October 8, 11:59 p.m. PST and December 1, 11:59 p.m. PST. Deadlines in subsequent academic quarters will also be Friday of Weeks 2 and 8 of the quarter.
Proposals will be evaluated based on how much potential the activity has to impact the HCDE community or a subset thereof and how strongly the activity links to DEI goals of climate and community, teaching, learning, hiring, or outreach. Recipients will be required to submit a short report (300-500 words) following completion of the project.


Students seeking funds to compensate participants from vulnerable groups for their time will need to clarify in the application what their study procedures are and how they will ensure that the work is conducted with dignity and respect. Please ensure that you have reviewed best practice for working with vulnerable groups (e.g., Creative Reaction Lab's Equity-Centered Community Design Field Guide or Towards Equitable Design When We Design with Marginalized Communities).

Mini Grant Application Form