Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Staff Diversity Mini Grant Program

The University of Toledo’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the creation of the Staff Diversity Mini-Grant Program.


Effective Tuesday, October 1, 2019
These mini-grants will provide financial assistance for new, innovative projects, workshops, and activities that strengthen excellence in diversity and inclusion. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will appoint an ad hoc committee consisting of five faculty, staff, and Inclusion Officers to review applications and make recommendations. A total of 3 grants will be awarded each academic year in the amount of $500. 

The deadline for spring and summer 2020 grant funds is November 25, 2019.
Awards will be announced on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  1. Each applicant must write a convincing application with supporting arguments and evidence. Please use the rubric as a guide.
  2. The proposed event or project should have a strong conceptual framework that can be identified as strengthening UToledo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as how the project aligns with the current Strategic Diversity Plan.
  3. The proposed event or project should be clearly defined with easily identified starting and ending points, along with specific activities.
  4. The proposed event or project should have specific goals, and measurable outcomes.
  5. The proposed event or project must have a plan for assessment.
  6. The proposed event or project should have a broad impact upon the University community or target a historically under-represented or under-served group at the University. It cannot be limited to in-class presentations. Grant applicants are encouraged to seek broad visibility for the event or project.
  7. A final report is required, and  may appear on the Diversity and Inclusion Office’s website or in its newsletter. That report is due no later than thirty days after the funded activity. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify applicants from receiving future Faculty and Staff Diversity Mini-Grants.

Successful applicants are expected to include the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s logo on all promotional material and to mention that the event or project was funded by a Staff Diversity Mini-Grant.

Mini-grants can be used for many purposes, including but not limited to the following:

  • Guest speakers on a diversity topic.
  • Special program(s) intended to increase respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Equipment or other material items used to support under-represented or under-served groups.
  • Projects to enhance and support the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse full-time faculty and staff.
  • Events that expand the inclusion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Click here to apply

Related Documents:

Rubric Budget Overview Final Report

Last Updated: 11/4/19