University of Wisconsin–Madison

Grant Funding System (GFS) – Innovation Grant

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More than 700 elementary school children enjoyed hands-on educational activities and displays during CALS Day for Kids at the Stock Pavilion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 13, 2010. The daylong outreach event was hosted by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Student Council. Pictured at an Alpha Omega Epsilon technical-science and engineering sorority display, children learn how to make pipettes using straws and plungers.
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Purpose of the Grant Funding System (GFS)

The Grant Funding System (GFS) in the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (OVPCDO) and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) provides small grant allocations to support innovative projects.

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

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 GFS 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 GFS calendar below notes the submission timelines and deadlines for academic year 2016-17.

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

GFS Schedule for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Submission Received ByGFS Hearing DateApplicants Notified By
September 9September 23October 14
October 7October 21November 11
November 4November 18December 9
February 3February 17March 10
March 3March 17April 7

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.