IIF Call for Proposals

We Fund the Change You Want to See

Proposals are welcome from Students, Faculty, and Staff.

All members of the community are invited to submit proposals for funding from the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund.  The report of the Presidential Commission on Diverse Community (September 2005) recommended that such a fund be established to generate and support a variety of initiatives designed to enhance “the role diversity plays in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of our students’ education.”  We encourage you to read (or reread) the Report of the Commission.

Process

Proposals will be reviewed twice each semester by the Multi-Cultural Community and College Life Committee. Students, staff, and faculty may submit proposals. We encourage proposals that emerge from or will work across multiple perspectives. See below for more review criteria. There are two deadlines for projects taking place spring 2014: November 4, 2013 and February 17, 2014. The deadline for projects taking place fall 2014 is April 7, 2014.

For the current 2013-14 academic year, proposals have been awarded funding between $300 and $1,500.  Projects that were funded last year are available for viewing.

How to Apply

The application form has a limited amount of space.  Please feel free to attach pages or additional documents in order to submit a thorough, detailed proposal.

Submit electronically to: the entire MCCL Committee (or hard copy to: MCCL Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, c/o Dean of the College, 202 Mary Lyon Hall).

Proposal Review

IIF Proposals are reviewed on the following criteria:

  1. How well does the proposed project enhance "the role diversity plays in our work environment, our community, and especially in the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of our students' education"? What are the potential gains/positive impacts on our campus community with respect to fostering inclusiveness?
  2. Is the proposal one that has its focus on our campus? If not happening physically here, how will it guarantee to serve the membership of the MHC community?
  3. Is the project truly an initiative - offering something new to our community?
  4. Is the project collaborative in nature - uniting different campus constituencies in the planning and implementation of the project? If it is an independent project has the applicant made the case well for why it will be of interest to the community?
  5. Is it designed to reach the community broadly? If the project is first serving a smaller group of folks, how might it 'share out' to educate the campus as a whole? (e.g. a small number of participants get to be a part of a training or seminar - what plan is proposed for how they will enrich the community at large with their experience?)
  6. Are the folks who are proposing the initiative "poised for success"? Does the proposal reflect a strong game plan? Does the project have appropriate advising? Are the sponsoring parties ready themselves to deliver a good program, and/or have the individuals aligned with committed support from those organizations, offices and departments that can help them to reach their goals? Are their sufficient members on board to deliver on the plan?
  7. Does the proposed time-line appear likely to succeed? Does the budget seem reasonable? (Might the same goals be accomplished less expensively?)
  8. Is IIF the most appropriate funding source for this project? Have grant applicants considered, and applied to others as well? PLEASE NOTE:  The IIF does not typically provide funding to cover the cost of food and meals unless considered integral to the proposed multicultural event or program.  Please seek additional funding from other sources to pay for food and meals for speakers, artists, and participants.
  9. Has a similar project been funded recently?
  10. Does the proposal up for review, when considered against all others for the funding cycle, serve to add to the breadth and diversity of campus offerings?

The Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund is made possible with the support of the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, and the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association.