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IDEA Grants

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion embraces its role in guiding and leading diversity initiatives; however, this work is larger than one office or even a few individuals. We offer a way to work together across campus to advance these efforts. 

IDEA Grants: IDEA is an acronym for Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards. Grants will be funded based on project need. At least three projects are selected per year. Faculty, staff, students, and organizations across campus are eligible to apply for the grants. Grant awards will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but will typically range from $500–$1,500. Funded projects must begin within 60 days of award notification. Upon project completion, awardees must submit a summary report evaluating the project’s outcomes, including project benefits and recommended improvements. This report is to be submitted to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion within 30 days of the project’s conclusion. Applicants will be notified within 40 days following the application deadline regarding the funding decisions. 

In your application, please include an itemized budget for the event or project for which funds are requested also emailed to [[wmdiversity]]. Organizations and individuals awarded a grant from the Diversity Endowment agree to abide by all university policies and regulations, including accounting policies under the William & Mary Foundation Expense and Travel policy and the payments to individuals policy. PLEASE NOTE: payments by individuals to vendors, employees or students for services rendered will not be reimbursed. 

2023-2024 IDEA Grant Application: Application deadline is Friday, October 20, 2023 at 5:00pm. 

To learn about past IDEA Grant projects please see these articles: 

Seven projects awarded IDEA Grants to advance diversity & inclusion initiatives at W&M
Four diversity-related projects made possible through IDEA grants
Record number of IDEA grants aim to add to the cultural experience of W&M community