University of Wisconsin–Madison
The original members of the UW-Madison Wisconsin Association of Black Men in 2011.

The original members of the Wisconsin Association of Black Men WABM) , founded in 2011

The original members of the UW-Madison Wisconsin Association of Black Men in 2011.

The original members of the Wisconsin Association of Black Men WABM) , founded in 2011

Innovation Grants

Innovation Grant Funding System: To Enrich/Boost Institutional Impact on Campus Diversity

What it means to call ourselves a democracy is under special scrutiny. However one defines the term, a true democracy can only flourish by providing a moral compass to protect the common good, the common welfare.  That compass must obligate each of us to grapple with the question of what the phrase common welfare means. The ultimate answer cannot be mostly or merely about securing individual rights, but must include how we live together as a diverse society.  Diversity is the true test of our moral compass in this democracy: Are opportunities meted out equally — fairly — or are they held for a select few or merely certain segmants of our society? There are few places for which this is a more pressing issue than on college campuses.

Within that context, the UW-Madison established a special funding source to enhance and extend the campus’ efforts to deepen its diversity mission.

What is an Innovation Grant?

The Innovation Grant Funding System (IGFS) offers one-time, start-up funds for campus partners of up to $5,000 for projects bringing enhanced support to the institutional mission of diversity. Funding comes from the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (OVPCDO) and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA).

Eligibility:

Innovation Grant commiements support student, faculty and staff partners. Applications will be accepted only from UW-Madison departments, units, and divisions.  Registered student organizations will be considered if the organization is represented or sponsored by a university unit/department with a 101 account.

What are we Looking For in Your Application?

Capacity-building platforms should continue to build upon the UW–Madison diversity framework, Forward Together, which seeks to help members of our campus and community be more equitable, inclusive, and diverse, both on and beyond our campus. Such efforts will demonstrate the ability to build our institutional capacity in support of a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all. Examples of capacity-building activities include the development and dissemination of knowledge on race, ethnicity, culture and indigeneity through research, teaching, and performance.

Funding Amounts

The GFS strategically shares resources with campus and community partners in “start up” or one-time funding grants. Typical award amounts are up to $5,000. GFS is Now Active

2017-2018 Innovation Application Due Dates:

 September 8, 2017

October 6, 2017

November 3, 2017

February 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

April 6, 2018

 

With the intention to help our institution reach Wisconsin and the World, only applications from UW-Madison departments, units, and divisions will be considered. However, requests from registered student organizations (RSOs) will be considered IF they have administrative support from a campus department or unit serving as the fiscal representative on the RSO’s behalf. We are currently unable to distribute funding directly to RSOs, but will be able to accommodate RSOs working directly with campus units that have 101 and 128 accounts.

Funding proposals for attendance at conferences and professional gatherings should include a detailed plan for how the conference participants will effectively share with the broader campus community of students, faculty and staff the information and learning they gained from the conference or professional gathering. For those who are funded, the grantee’s final report should include outcomes from sharing sessions and activities, including venues, number of attendees, any audience feedback and other related information.

Only funding applications submitted through the IGFS portal will be considered.

Submissions will be considered according to date of receipt. Although applications can be submitted on a rolling basis, they will only be reviewed and decided upon by an Advisory Committee, headed by Associate Vice Provost Ruby Paredes, during the academic year. The IGFS calendar below notes the submission timelines and deadlines for academic year 2017-18.

2017-2018 Innovation Grant deadlines are:

September 8, 2017

October 6, 2017

November 3, 2017

February 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

April 6, 2018

For complete information about the Grant Funding System and to apply, please visit https://win.wisc.edu/organization/diversity.

2017-2018 Innovation Grant deadlines are:

September 8, 2017

October 6, 2017

November 3, 2017

February 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

April 6, 2018 

For those who are funded, the grantee’s final report should include outcomes from sharing sessions and activities, including venues, number of attendees, any audience feedback and other related information.