The purpose of these mini-grants is to assist the college in achieving its stated goal of developing an educational community that is able to discern and counter racism in all its forms, as well, as embody the reconciling power of the Gospel (FEN, 55). All members of the Calvin community are required to participate in activities that not only raise awareness but also competency around issues of race and ethnicity (FEN, 56). These mini-grants are one way for members of the Calvin community to satisfy this requirement.
Use of this grant is subject to the following limitations:
- Grants are to be used for professional development activities for groups of five or more people. Priority will be given to groups from the same academic departments; however, other campus units or cross-divisional teams are welcome to apply for funding.
- Grants will only be approved for professional development activities which meaningfully address one or more of the three themes of the FEN document -- multicultural citizenship, anti-racism and accountability, and reconciliation and restoration. While it is encouraged that activities would address a discipline specific FEN-related issue, requests do not have to be discipline specific. (An example of a discipline specific project: The Biology department received funding for a “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” department based book group. An example of a non-discipline specific application would be a request for funding to purchase the Diversity Competencies Assessmenttm instrument for members within a department.)
- Grants will be awarded based upon available funds, with no more than four grants awarded during a semester. Applications will be considered September 1, October 1, January 1, and February 1. The funds must be used within the semester that the grant is awarded.
- Funding priority is given to those who have not requested funding the previous year.
- Grant recipients are responsible for arranging sponsorship (if any), honorarium, publicity, travel and accommodations, meals, refreshments at event, etc.
- The maximum amount of mini-grants awarded any department in a given year is $500.00.
- All receipts for the event should be sent to Dawn René, Administrative Assistant, Office for Multicultural Affairs, no later than 30 days after the event. If the amount of funds awarded exceeds the actual cost, the difference is to be returned to the Office for Multicultural Affairs.
- Within thirty days of the completion of the funded activity or event, a report of 750–1,000 words should be sent to Dawn René, Administrative Assistant, Office for Multicultural Affairs. The report should identify the activity or event and identify the participants (or in the case of a lecture, identify the targeted audience and the number of people who attended). Additionally, the report should restate the purpose of the activity, provide two–four examples of how the one or more of the three themes of the FEN document—multicultural citizenship, anti-racism and accountability, and reconciliation and restoration were addressed, and two–four examples of how this activity helped to raise awareness or competency around issues of race and ethnicity for participants.
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