Campus Climate Improvement Grants

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The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for Campus Climate Improvement Grants for the 2018-19 school year. We encourage you to take an active role and bring your creativity to the work of improving our campus climate. We seek proposals for projects and activities that promote understanding and learning, as well as invest in relationship-building across difference in the campus community. We invite projects that encourage conversation and connection across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability and nationality to create opportunities for belonging and to strengthen community.

Priority will be given to:

  • Proposals that promote intergroup and partnership approaches to promote community-building. (For example, multiple student organizations at the graduate/undergraduate level partnering together to promote relationships, awareness, and communication; multi-college or multi-unit initiatives that focus on a campus climate concern together.)
  • Proposals that are likely to yield a more sustained climate improvement, such as a learning community or proposed integration of diversity into curriculum or series of events will be reviewed more favorably.

While one-time events will be considered, applicants will need to make a case for the impact on climate improvement. In addition, we are interested in partnership development, and ways that such partnerships can positively enhance the feasibility of the activity as well as its impact on multiple groups and its potential to shape campus climate in beyond the activity itself.

Funds are considered one-time seed funds. Existing events or activities that already are funded through another mechanism will not be prioritized. If an applicant is extending or adapting an existing activity, please clarify how this grant will facilitate this.

We will evaluate proposals based on:

  • Relevance to campus climate improvement
  • Nature of impact on participants
  • Feasibility that the project can be completed in the time outlined (during the 2018-19 school year)

If the activity would require certain partnerships to come to fruition, those partners should be identified and have signed on to the application at the time of submission. You can write a grant that will take place in only the fall or the spring, or across the entire school year.

Prior to submitting an application, we recommend that applicants read more about climate improvement and learn about previously awarded grants.

To apply, please read through all of the information presented here and then click "Apply here" at the bottom of this page. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will open in February 2019.


Applicants must be a student (currently enrolled in UMass Amherst), staff or faculty member. Student applicants must be affiliated with a registered student organization with a budgetary account number or have the administrative support of their academic department in order to transfer funding. We anticipate making awards across all populations (staff, faculty, and students) and strongly encourage applications from all groups.

Award Amounts

Grants will range from $250 to $2,500.  We expect to make up to 10-15 grants within the $250-$500 range, and 5-10 grants in the $1,500-$2,500 range; grants in the larger range will require cost-sharing with another office. Funds are considered one-time seed funds.


  • Creating a learning community to promote the development of knowledge or skill building through a facilitated reading group, series of workshop, or training and planned activities to extend the skills learned.
  • Creating a key resource to fill a campus need that will enhance campus climate
  • Innovations in teaching and performance that address campus climate
  • Activities that promote community-building, using an intergroup approach, multi-unit, or partnership approach
  • Improving communication across difference

Sample Budgets

Sample Budget for $500 grant





Resource Creation



Event Supplies





Sample Budget for $2,500 grant





Burgstahler's "Universal Design in Higher Education: From Principles to Practice" at $34/copy x 16 people
Evans, Broido, Brown, and Wilke's "Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach" at $28.28/copy x 16 people



Breakfast for participants 


Workshop Trainer

Workshop fee for external Universal Design Learning expert trainer for three workshop sessions





Cost Sharing

Center for Student Success Research Contribution



Total Request


Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest.