Community Empowerment Microgrant

Dear HWS community,

The past weeks have demonstrated the deep desire of members of the HWS community to engage in broader, purposeful activities related to racial justice and social responsibility.

In keeping with the charge of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we will be awarding a series of micro-grants to faculty, staff, and student-initiated projects that forward Goal 5 of the Strategic Diversity Plan, which focuses on “community development.”

As illustrated in the SDP, Goal 5 focuses on supporting economic vitality in Geneva. However, we welcome ideas that include other elements of community building along with economic opportunity. If you have an idea for an initiative or program that supports educational, cultural or civic partnerships between HWS and the wider Geneva community, and makes a compelling connection to economic opportunity, please consider applying.

Micro-grants are capped at $500, and intended to support your DEI-focused project. The project must have a direct impact on the Geneva community (the grant is not intended to support personal research projects, individual conference travel or initiatives that only impact campus). Collaboration with community partners is strongly encouraged.  Please note that micro-grants will be awarded for projects/initiatives that are completed by the end of this academic year and that DEI will adhere to Business Office policies for the distribution of funds (all purchases must be made by the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, with documentation turned in by June).

To Apply:

The first round of applications are due by August 8th. Decisions will be shared by August 28th. Please submit applications to dei@hws.edu.

Applications will be evaluated based on your responses to the following questions:

  • How does your proposal align with the goals of the Strategic Diversity Plan, particularly goal 5?
  • Who is your project’s target audience?
  • Who in the broader Geneva community would be impacted by your project?
  • How sustainable is the project?
  • How are you incorporating a community partner?
  • What is your budget? (Please be as detailed as possible and include other funding sources)

Up to three grants will be awarded in this round. A second round of applications will be reviewed in the Fall. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact the Microgrant Review Committee: dei@hws.edu.

Thank you for your commitment to this important work!