Funding Opportunities


CSW offers competitive funding for faculty, staff and student projects that promote equity and inclusion through its mini-grants program. The maximum award amount per project is $1,500; requests average $400-600 per project. Partial funding may be granted if the maximum amount is requested.


Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Award recipients will be notified in April, 2018.

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UA departments, programs and individual faculty, staff and student body members are eligible to apply for CSW mini-grants. Student programs must be officially recognized by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona. Funded projects must be able to provide a state or local unrestricted UA account.

Applicants may submit proposals for multiple projects. Please provide a separate application for each project. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.


Funding will be awarded based upon the project's expected impact and how well it advances one or more of these CSW goals:

  • To identify and provide leadership on issues that affect women and/or underrepresented minorities.
  • To develop and support University policies and practices that promote equity, diversity and inclusivity of all gender identities.
  • To increase advancement opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities.
  • To collaborate with other groups to create safe and inclusive communities.
  • To foster individual and collective accountability promoting justice, equity and diversity.
  • To educate the campus community about the commission's work and objectives.

After Funding

If your proposal is funded, you must use the funds within one year of receiving the mini-grant award. You must also provide an electronic summary (such as a PowerPoint presentation) to the commission within 30 days of the project's completion. CSW may also request a brief oral presentation at a meeting or event.

Previous Awardees

The following projects are among those provided funding in recent years:

  • Department of Psychiatry Annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium
  • "Impact of Fathers on Accelerated Development and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women" research project
  • Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Social Justice Symposium
  • Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics "oSTEMinar" series
  • School of Anthropology "Anthropological Fieldwork and Feminist Concerns: Advice, Experience and Opportunity" roundtable discussion
  • "Thinking and Practicing Differently: How Disability Studies Can Inform Service Delivery" presentation
  • Women in Information Technology discussion series
  • Women in Optics "Launching Your Career" symposium
  • Women in Science and Engineering "STEM Pipeline" mentorship program


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