Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Enhancement Fund



The University of Guelph affirms its commitment to an inclusive campus that respects the diversity and inimitable valued character of every member within our university community. Fostering a culture of equity and inclusion begins with acknowledging and celebrating the diversity among us and recognizing that, due to systemic factors, some members of our community experience barriers to education, employment, and full participation in University life.

This fund provides opportunities for members of our community to submit proposals that aim to enhance inclusion and equity on campus. Proposals can include but are not limited to creative activities, educational projects, speaker/lecture series, research activities, curriculum initiatives or space design changes to better support members of our community who traditionally have been marginalized.

Up to $200,000 is provided annually to this initiative. Normally funds will be spent within the academic year a project is approved. However, multiple-year projects will be considered.


Proposals will be accepted from any current member of the University community (faculty, staff, student) as well as from academic departments or administrative units.


The value of the grants will vary. Normally grant proposals of over $12,000 will not be considered.


Proposals that aim to fulfill some or all the following factors will be considered:

  •  Aligns with the University of Guelph’s Strategic Framework, notably “Connecting Communities” and “Nurturing a Distinctive University Culture” as well as the guiding report “Fostering a Culture of Inclusion”.
  • The proposal can be scaled and replicated for potential greater university wide impact.
  • The proposal addresses resource requirements, budget plan and financial sustainability.
  • The proposal includes a plan to measure impact.


1. Base funding: As this fund is designed to support new initiatives, funding is not provided for budget items of an on-going nature. However, the fund can be accessed to improve or enhance existing programs.

2. Conferences and professional development: since the goal of the grant is to impact the Guelph campus, funding for attendance at external conferences would only be considered if there is evidence that the learning that occurs at the conference was to be brought back to campus. However, funding requests to hold conferences or offer training or development programs on campus free of charge, will be considered.

3. Curriculum/education/research initiatives: Funding is available to support the development of new, inclusive curricula, or revisions to existing courses that embed diversity, equity and inclusion. Funding could also be for education or research initiatives focused on equity and inclusion on campus. Applicable faculty or research assistantships will be considered.

4. Campus Environment: Funding is available for projects or activities that could help make the campus more welcoming to all members of our community. Space projects include art, benches, welcome banners, etc. Creative activities and lecture/speaker series will also be considered.

5. Funding Allocations: Impact will be considered when allocating funds. For example, criteria considered could include number of individuals impacted, evidence of effectiveness or ability to leverage other programs. The number of University of Guelph community members who will benefit from the project will be considered when allocating funds.

6. Multi-Year Projects: Multi-year applications, up to a maximum of three-years may be considered, subject to annual review and approval.


1. Project Proposal (template application form), including:

  •  Purpose and objectives: The purpose or rationale and intended objectives/outcomes of the project.
  • Intended significance and impact: The anticipated impact of the project on fostering a culture of equity and inclusion. If applicable, the proposal should indicate, how the impact can be sustained or scaled beyond the funding year. Also describe how the project aligns with and advances institutional priorities related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Assessment of expected outcomes: Where appropriate, explain how the impact of the project will be assessed.
  • Project work plan and timeline: Provide a timeline of milestones that address the lifecycle of the work, including planning, support for collaboration, reporting, project closure, and dissemination.

2. Budget: Include a clear budget outlining how funds will be used, as well as all associated travel expenses and funds received from other sources

3. Letters of support from any collaborating partners or departments.


All applications will be adjudicated by a review committee struck by the Office of Diversity and Human Rights and will include some members of the University Inclusive Committee along with representation from the Indigenous Resource Centre, Cultural Diversity Office, Physical Resources, Teaching and Learning Support, CSA and the GSA among others.

Note: The realities of the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact and place constraints on the projects and initiatives proposed as part of this funding call. As a result, fund applications granted will take into account the restrictions placed on the delivery of initiatives during this challenging time. 

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