DEI Programming Grants

With financial and administrative support from the Office of the Provost, Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites full and part-time faculty members and staff in Academic Affairs to apply for monetary grants up to $1,500. The grants are designed to support public programming across the college.

The DEI Programming Grant will now be available biannually, with applications for Fall grants open in the Spring and applications for Spring grants open in the fall.

Academic DEI Programming Grants will be reviewed and awarded by the DEI Executive Committee. Please read all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Spring Semester 2020 Review Cycle (for Fall 2020 grants)

Fall Semester 2020 Review Cycle (for Spring 2021 grants)

The grants offer full and part-time faculty, and staff in Academic Affairs the opportunity to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion through public programming events available to the greater Columbia College Chicago community.

Types of Projects
Proposals should clearly articulate how the programming supports or further develops DEI efforts throughout the college. The DEI Executive Committee especially values proposals that interrogate structures of power and privilege as articulated in the DEI Mission, and that encourage collaboration, interdisciplinary practice and critical engagement with students and other units of the college.

DEI Mission Statement
The DEI Mission Statement can be found here.

Conditions and Terms of Eligibility
All currently employed full and part-time faculty and staff in Academic Affairs are eligible to apply. Those currently holding upper-administrative offices (i.e. Deans, Associate/Vice/Assistant Provosts, Provosts) are not eligible.

The grant recipient’s department will charge approved grant expenses to DEI in the Office of the Provost. Outlined below are lists of expenses that the Academic DEI Programming Grants will and will not support.

DEI Programming Grants support programming such as the examples below (but not limited to):

DEI Programming Grants do not support:


The office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion wants to ensure that all programs funded by the DEI Programming Grants are accessible to the entire Columbia community. Therefore, it is now required that granted events have an American Sign Language interpreter present and note any other accessibility options in advertisements.

DEI Programming Grants will fund proposals up to $1,500.

Application Procedure
All applications for the Academic DEI Programming Grant must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.

The application can be found here.

A complete application consists of the following five components:

  1. General Information
  2. Narrative Proposal (maximum 750 words)
 3. Program Date and Relevant Timeline–Grant monies must be used by June 1, 2020.
 4. Detailed Project Budget–The DEI Executive Committee requires that programs are achievable and well-planned. Itemize all expenses necessary to complete the program in a timely and efficient way. If you are seeking funds to support a portion of a program, indicate clearly which expenses you expect to cover with funds from your grant and which expenses will be covered with funds from other sources
 5. Two to three-page CVs for all primary collaborators—required as an element of the single PDF file.

Post-Grant Reports
All grant recipients are required to complete a post grant report by the due date specified in their award letter and mentioned in the above grant cycle timelines. Recipients must email the post-grant reports to Academic DEI at Full-time faculty are also required to upload their reports to Interfolio.

In 300-500 words, please address the following:

For more information, contact Raquel Monroe or Folayemi Wilson, co-directors of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at or