Grants Program

The Partnerships launches its new Inclusive Community Grants Program!

Inclusive Community Grants are intended to support programs and activities with an immediate impact on increasing an inclusive campus climate.  These mini-grants are a resource for taking action on your ideas for bringing together people across campus to promote the value of diversity.  Your project or program idea should in some way increase understanding and connections across groups, and promote a welcoming campus environment.  Get involved! We want to see you in action!

Those Who Are Eligible to Apply

All Wellesley College administrative staff, union staff, students, and faculty are eligible to apply for grants.  All proposed projects and programs must be new initiatives; funds may not be used to support ongoing projects and programs.  Awards may be up to $1,000 each.

Uses for an Inclusive Community Grant

Projects and activities might include diversity and inclusion training, workshops, forums, films, community building activities, development of materials or media that highlight diversity efforts within your unit, and networking activities across work units and departments.  Be imaginative.  Be innovative.  Get together and propose your ideas!

Types of Activities That Can Be Funded

  • Programming/activities that support a welcoming and inclusive campus climate
  • Activities that enable sustainable efforts for the university climate
  • Evidence of collaboration across groups, departments or organizations at the College
  • Activities that engage members of our campus community in diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Ability to complete program/project by June 15, 2014

Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by the Partnerships for Diversity and Inclusion Coordinators, who determine the awardees and levels of funding.

Approved grant applications will require a signed grant contract to be forwarded to Rachael Coombes (  After your event or program, forward your post-program final report within thirty (30) days.  Proposals that are unable to be funded may include reviewer comments/recommendations for future submissions.

Applications should be submitted at least four (4) weeks before the intended program.

Funding Categories

Your Partnerships grant proposal should fall within one of four categories:

  • Community Immersion:
    Programs/activities that provide opportunities for community members to delve more deeply into a diversity strategy, concept, or tool and create a visible/tangible process that may be shared with others.  Activities should involve some combination of alumni, faculty, staff, and/or students in hands‐on planning or active participation.
  • Community Engagement:
    Activities that bring people together from different groups, units, and/or locations on campus to build networks, develop support groups, or engage in dialogue about critical issues important to themselves and others. The goal is to build community and develop skills for about how to grow a more inclusive community. Programs may also establish new or deeper connections between Wellesley College and off‐site constituencies (e.g. potential students, surrounding communities) especially with those that Wellesley has not connected in the past.
  • Leading Outward:
    Funding may be used for participation in workshops or other training activities that increase participant diversity and inclusion skills. The proposal must describe how the awardee with share what they have learned with the Wellesley community.
  • Expanding Outlooks (Social/Political/Cultural Programs):
    Includes culturally-relevant programs, forums, projects, and other activities where attendees may learn more about the cultures represented by our campus community.

Application Information

Paper applications should be sent to: Inclusive Community Grants Program, Green Hall, Room 352

Electronically filed applications should be sent to

Please direct questions to Rachael Coombes at or 781-283-3587.

Forms You'll Need

Past Partners

Past events and groups supported by Partnerships grants include:


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