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Innovation in Student Affairs Mini-Grant

Mini-Grant Competition Request for Proposals​

We are excited to announce our Innovation in Student Affairs Grant Competition. This competition will grant funds to UHD Student Affairs staff members to implement pilot initiatives that further the recruitment, retention, and engagement of students at UHD. Through this mini-grant program, we hope to generate ideas, foster initiatives, and stimulate educational efforts that are tailored to the needs of UHD students related to college access, persistence, and graduation. 

This program seeks to engage a broader spectrum of student affairs beyond the director and senior leadership in the work of innovatively moving UHD toward a more student-centered environment. This program also seeks to provide professional development opportunities to grant recipients through proposal development, submission, implementation processes, budget management, etc. 


All full-time non-probationary UHD student affairs staff are eligible to apply for grant funds (excluding Directors, Deans of any level, or Vice-President of any level). This competition is designed to encourage leadership and creativity, and support professional growth and skill development among staff. Partnerships between staff or team pr​ojects are eligible for funding. 

Funding Information and Number of Awards:

Five (5) grants awards will be given in the amount of one-thousand dollars ($1,000) each to support worthy proposals. Funds must be used to support direct services to students or create mechanisms that will be one-step removed from direct student support. 

Submittal Deadline: 

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Anticipated Project implementation Date:

The expected implementation timeline for all projects will be January 9, 2017 to June 30, 2017.

Proposal Support

Interested parties will attend a proposal writing workshop to learn more about the grant competition and ask questions related to proposals, formats, and expectations. Successful grantees will be assigned a coach to help in the implementation and evaluation of the project.

Mini Grant Workshop
Friday, September 30th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in A409

RSVP for the Mini Grant Workshop​

Successful grantees will receive five (5) hours per week release time to use toward project implementation. Release time must be used weekly and cannot be pooled for later use.

Proposal Format:

All proposals submitted should follow the following format to be scored by the weight listed. 
  1. Executive Summary
  2. Section I: Statement of Need  25 points
  3. Section II: Project Objectives 15 Points
  4. Section III: Plan of operation 30 Points
  5. Section IV: Budget Statement 15 Points
  6. Section V: Evaluation Plan 15 Points
  7. Appendices
Proposal Instructions:

The proposal should be prepared according to the structural format set forth above. Proposals must be submitted no later than the date and time indicated in this RFP.

Proposals that are submitted late, incomplete or are considered to be non-responsive to this RFP may be eliminated from further consideration.

Proposal should be specific, complete and presented concisely. A lengthy proposal may not in and of itself constitute a well thought out proposal. Proposal​s shall demonstrate the applicant’s capabilities and expertise with respect to achieving the well thought-out goals of the indicated project. 

Last updated 9/27/2016 12:57 PM