Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Grant Program

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Grant Program

The DEIA Grant Program is now closed. The next Request for proposals (RFP) will open to all campus community members in March 2024.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Grant Program Award Committee invites Cal Poly Humboldt students, student organizations, staff, and faculty to submit proposals for programs offered on campus to the university community that cultivate awareness and inclusivity of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA).

Diversity is the range of human differences. Such dimensions of diversity may include – but are not limited to – culture, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, social class, physical and mental ability or attributes (visible and invisible), religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

The DEIA Grant Program has a typical award budget of $35,000 per year. Awards are typically, but not necessarily, awarded as follows:
Faculty: up to $5,000
Staff: up to $5,000
Students: up to $1,000

Program expenses typically funded include speaker fees, travel for visiting speakers, event publicity and marketing, and various other expenses associated with individual activities and programs.
Please see the following pages for funding details and restrictions at diversity.humboldt.edu/content/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-grants.

If you have any questions, please call or email Jeanne Reicke, ODEI Administrative Support Coordinator: (707) 826-4503, diversity@humboldt.edu.


Grant Funding Restrictions: Grant monies awarded do not fund the following:

  • Event T-shirts
  • Staff/faculty/student or any other member of the campus community salary, stipend or honorarium, travel and lodging
  • Any expenditure that is not solely for the program as described in your grant application
  • Food that is not culturally relevant to your project (If your proposal includes culturally relevant food, students or community guests must be invited to attend the event).
  • Gifts
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Off-campus recruitment projects
  • Curriculum development
  • Fundraising activities
  • Awards are limited to one award per project
  • Recurring programs or events beyond three (3) years.*

Grant money can only be used for publicity if it was included in your proposal and budget (amount may vary from what you requested). All publicity must acknowledge the sponsoring of the event/program by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the DEIA Grant Program, in partnership with the Office of the Provost.

Progress Reports: If awarded, please complete the online Progress Report via InfoReady when your project is completed (instructions to be provided if awarded). This evaluation is used to assess the effectiveness of your program and the success of the DEIA Grant Program. This evaluation form will be attached to any future grants you apply for (if it is for the same event) which will assist the committee in determining the success of your event. If you do not submit an evaluation and are applying for a recurring event/program in the future, your application will not be eligible. 

*Important Note About Ongoing Programs and Projects:

In order to allow this grant fund to support new and innovative diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility programs for the Cal Poly Humboldt campus, programs and projects that are offered on an annual/ongoing basis are not eligible for grant funding after a maximum of three (3) cycles of funding from the DEIA Grant Program. If applying for a third year of grant funding, applicants are required to state their intention to request permanent/sustainable funding from other sources. You
may consult the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for advice about how to seek such ongoing funding for your event.

Examples of annual events that were once funded by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grants, but have now become integral parts of our campus culture and are thus funded by relevant administrative units include: The Campus Dialogue on Race, International Education Week, the Annual Q-Fest, and the Social Justice Summit.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY via the InfoReady Platform

Proposals that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and/or help with the retention of underrepresented students and faculty will be prioritized.
  • Narrative: Provide a narrative of your proposal describing the project or proposal for which you are requesting funding and how it relates to raising awareness, deepening understanding, and/or engaging the campus community in dialogue about one or more of the multiple dimensions of diversity and equity. Narrative prompts can be found here: Narrative Prompts
  • Budget: Provide the categorical budget form provided in the InfoReady application portal detailing your expected expenses. A budget form can be found here: Categorical Budget Form
  • Budget Manager or Organization Respresentative Approval: Complete the proposal approval form provided in the InfoReady application. Budget Manager(s) include a department’s ASC, Budget Analyst, and primary applicant. Student organizations are required to provide approval from the respective Clubs and Activities representative. The Budget Manager Signature Form can be found here: Budget Manager Signature Form


Dates for the March 2024 RFP will be posted in February 2024

2023 RFP Timeline

  • March 13: The grant proposal submission portal will open on March 13th and will remain open for four weeks.
  • April 10: Request for Proposals (RFP) Submission Deadline
  • Last week of April: Grant awards will be announced on the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website, and by email to awardees, during the last week of April, before the end of the semester. The award email will contain instructions for fund disbursements and other relevant information.
  • August 2023: Funds will be distributed to awardees by the beginning of the semester of the proposed project.