Office for Diversity Affairs and Equal Opportunity

President's Diversity Fund for Equity and Social Justice

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the President's Diversity Fund for Equity and Social Justice?

Read the answers below to our most frequently asked questions.
If your question is not answered, please contact Felix Braffith

Who can apply for a Diversity Fund grant?

Any current student, faculty or staff of The Evergreen State College is eligible.

What kinds of projects are supported by the President’s Diversity Fund for Equity and Social Justice?

The Fund’s mission is to reinforce an inclusive college climate and encourage more equitable institutional practices. Many applications are received requesting support for events, like guest speakers and performers, but the fund also encourages applications that will temporarily or permanently change the way the college does the work of teaching and supporting students and its employees. The following are examples of projects and activities that were made possible with grants from the President’s Diversity Fund for Equity and Social Justice:

  • Provide ESL classes for employees in the Facilities Department
  • Purchase a wheelchair ramp for use at college events
  • Purchase reading and video materials for Academic Advising to use in weekly staff development seminars on white privilege and anti-oppression
  • Paid to exhibit art focused on African American pioneers of Washington State
  • Host a theatrical performance examining race and class in the response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Funds to produce “Pride ‘Week” to celebrate the Queer community
  • Purchase films for the Diversity Lending Library that address stereotypes of race, class, gender
  • Bring to campus a performance artist whose work examines issues of immigration, what is foreign, what is revolutionary
  • Bring a speaker to campus to educate about the intersections of racism and sexual violence
  • Provide funds to create a mural representing cultural pride to exhibit in the 1st Peoples Lounge
  • Purchase the first tea ceremony implements for a College collection to be used in tea ceremonies on campus
  • Establish an annual Veterans Welcome event for new students and employees
  • Organize a regional summit to explore and appreciate the experiences and needs of student war veterans
  • Start an annual College Lunar New Year Festival
  • Start an annual College Veterans Day Commemoration
  • Start an annual College Memorial Day Commemoration
  • Support an annual Vagina Monologues event.
  • Enhance the College’s annual Day of Absence and Day of Presence
  • Faculty institutes on teaching about race and racism.

Is a grant a cash award?

A Diversity Fund grant is not a cash award. Moneys are dispensed through personal services contracts or invoices for specific authorized services, or through reimbursement for appropriately documented authorized expenses.

Are there restrictions on how grant funds can be used?

Diversity Fund grants give the recipient the authority to use state funds. So, the ethics rules and restrictions on uses of state funds apply.

Diversity Fund grants cannot be used for gifts; for food; for items for your personal use or personal gain; to raise funds for private groups (like non-profit organizations); on projects for which students receive academic credit.

Additionally, the Diversity Fund does not award grants to pay conference registration fees, for an applicant's travel (grants CAN be used for a presenter's travel), or for activities for which the audience is a single academic program.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Purchasing & Contracts Office (360-867-6357) or Felix Braffith (360-867-6507).

What is a mini grant?

The mini-grant is an option for those who need a grant of $200 or less.  The application is short and can be submitted anytime before May 2, 2016.  The application is reviewed and a decision is made within 7 days of receipt of the application

How do I apply for a Diversity Fund grant?

Read the application instructions complete the Project Budget Worksheet, then the online grant application. Please note the grant deadlines.

For requests of $200 or less, use the simpler, faster mini-grant application.  The deadline for mini-grant applications is May 2, 2016.

How much money is available in the fund?

For 2015-16, the committee has allocated $15,000 to award as grants (above $200.00 each), which means approximately $5,000 could be awarded each quarter.  In addition, the committee has allocated $5,000 to award in the form of mini-grants, which can be up to $200 each.

Are there strings attached? (conditions of the grant)

For grants over $200, there are minimal requirements intended to add to your success and to enable the Fund to acknowledge you and celebrate your work.  Please review the conditions of the grant award.  Additional conditions may be added on a case-by-case basis.

What are the application deadlines?

The deadline for mini–grant applications (limited to grants of $200 or less) is May 2, 2016.

For requests over $200, the committee considers applications seven times a year. The deadline is the first Monday of each month, October through April.  Applications must be completed and received before 5 PM of the deadline date. The application deadlines and meeting dates are posted below. Applications received after a deadline can receive committee consideration the following month.

When and where does the committee meet?

The President's Diversity Fund for Equity and Social Justice Committee meets in the Board Room, Library 3201–A, unless otherwise posted.(3:00-5:00pm)

Deadlines for Grant Applications Committee Meetings (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) Location
October 12 October 19 Library Board Room 3201-A
November 2 November 9 Library Board Room 3201-A
November 30 December 7 Library Board Room 3201-B
January 4, 2016 January 11, 2016 Library Board Room 3201–A
February 1, 2016 February 8, 2016 Library Board Room 3201-A
March 7, 2016 March 14, 2016 Library Board Room 3201-A
April 4, 2016 April 11, 2016 Library Board Room 3201-A
May 2, 2016 (mini-grants only) May 9, 2016 Library Board Room 3201-A

Do I have to appear before the fund committee?

It is not a requirement, but it is to your advantage to meet with the committee. It will allow you to further explain your proposal and to answer questions the committee might have about it. The more information the committee has, the better your chances are to receive support.

Can I apply for enough money to cover the entire cost of my proposed activity/event?

Yes. However, if the fund is your sole source of financial support for the activity, you must secure the written commitment from three academic programs stating that their students will attend your event.  This requirement DOES NOT apply to mini-grants.

Are grant awards always in the amount requested?

The committee may decide to award the entire amount requested or a different amount.

Can I get a Diversity Fund grant to support my academic work as a student?

We're sorry but Diversity Fund grants cannot be provided to offset the cost of a student's academic work.

Can I get a Diversity Fund grant to pay for my travel or the cost of attending a conference or training?

Diversity Funds cannot be provided to pay for personal travel, conference registration, training session fees, or similar expenses.

Can I use a grant to put on a fund-raiser?

No. The resources awarded in a Diversity Fund grant come from the State of Washington. So, any money received at an event must either go back into the Diversity Fund, or to another Evergreen state budget. Additionally, all applicable state laws and college policies pertaining to money handing, raffles, food handling, etc. must be complied with. Click here to read about the cash handling policy.

Where can I find the Diversity Fund logo to use on my event flyers or posters?

Grantees have two options:

  1. When forwarding your ad to the CPJ, inform them your ad is supported by the President's Diversity Fund. The CPJ staff will insert the sponsor logo.
  2. Download one of these logos and incorporate it into your ad design.

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