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Inclusive Excellence Fund Award
Initiative And Guidelines

The refreshed Office of Inclusion and Diversity announces an inaugural request for proposals (RFP) from academic and administrative departments that will fund inclusive excellence projects to be undertaken during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Applications will be due on October 2, 2017 for funding of programs scheduled from November 1, 2017 through May 1, 2018.  The launch of the Inclusive Excellence fund program fulfills one of the seventeen (17) recommendations for actions outlined following Auburn University’s 2016 Institutional Climate Assessment.

The Inclusive Excellence fund is designed to provide “seed funding” to create positive institutional changes that highlight the educational benefits of diversity and create a more inclusive and vibrant intellectual community.  Projects and programs funded by the Inclusive Excellence initiative will inculcate the values and principles of diversity and inclusion across the campus and will enhance and advance key elements of the 2016 Climate Assessment recommendations.


The Inclusion Excellence fund will be awarded through a competitive grant proposal/application process and not all projects will be funded.  The Inclusive Excellence mini-grant review and selection team places a high priority on projects and programs that advance institutional progress with regard to key inclusion and diversity indicators.  The committee invites grant proposals that accomplish one of more of the following:

  • Promote discipline-specific cultural competency educational sessions
  • Promote diversity and inclusion related professional development experiences
  • Enlivens the practice of intergroup dialogue and civil discourse
  • Improves and enhances departmental climate
  • Increases the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff
  • Promotes the integration of diversity and inclusion throughout institutional systems
  • Increases faculty scholarship and enhances teaching and curricula on issues of inclusive excellence and diversity
  • Promotes curricular and co-curricular departmental collaborations to enrich student learning
  • Promotes high impact undergraduate learning experiences
  • Advances inclusion and diversity assessment efforts contributing to positive change regarding inclusion and diversity

Proposal/Application Submission Procedures

Mini-grant proposals must include a completed cover sheet and a program narrative.  The program narrative must provide an overview of the proposed project/program including details regarding goals, participants, timeline and proposed budget.  Proposal must also include details regarding how the success of the project/program will be evaluated, specifically how the project/program met its stated goals.


Mini-grant applications may be submitted on behalf of any official Auburn University department, unit, or campus organization by a faculty or staff member.  Proposals for speaker funding will be restricted given the University’s 2017-2018 Speaker series.

Selection Committee

Projects/programs will be selected by the Inclusion Excellence mini-grant review and selection team.  The Special Assistant for Operations & Strategic Initiatives in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity is the official point of contact for inquiries and assistance regarding the Inclusive Excellence mini-grant initiative.

Submission Deadline and Notification Date

October 19, 2017 – Deadline to apply

October 25, 2017 – Notification to all applicants

November 1, 2017 – Grant funding begins

September 30, 2018 – Deadline for expenditures for all awarded mini-grants projects in 2017 fiscal year cycle

December 1, 2018 – Deadline for submission of final report for all awarded projects/programs

Proposal Instructions

To submit a proposal, please review the proposal program information list below.  Completed proposals must include all sections and should be submitted to by October 2, 2017.

  • Examples: "Proposal to offer intercultural dinner focused on enhanced intergroup dialogue" "Proposal to host a summit for diverse Auburn staff members"
  • Example: "Department of Art & Art History"
  • Provide a comprehensive description of the program or initiative. Include the intended goals and/or outcomes for students, faculty and staff participants. Describe how the program will enhance inclusion and diversity at Auburn University. If you are submitting a proposal for a speaker or entertainer, please provide a link to their website.
  • Prepare a project budget that is as detailed and accurate as possible. Please note: OID will offer a maximum award amount of $3,000 .
  • An assessment plan should describe how the success of the project/program will be evaluated, specifically how the project/program met its stated goals. Please note: OID will offer a maximum award amount of $3,000 .