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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Grants

The Office of Campus Climate's Grant Program aims to strengthen UC Merced’s campus climate and cultivate an environment where all students, staff and faculty members feel respected, included and valued.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Grant program accepts proposals for projects that help UC Merced cultivate an inclusive and equitable community. Successful proposals should inspire collaborative, high-impact, experimental and sustainable ideas. Selected grants could receive funding up to $5,000 for one year.

Information sessions about the grant proposal program will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 Information Session #1 12 noon - 1:30., SE1 room 300

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Information Session #2

.4:00 pm - 5:30 pm SSB room 250

2020 grant applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 9.

UC Merced modeled its pilot program after UC Berkeley’s Innovation Grants for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Campus Climate and Inclusion, the Office of the Chancellor, and the Office of Campus Climate partnered to support the grant program in response to results from the UC Campus Climate Survey administered at the Merced campus in 2013 and follow-up focus groups.  Formally titled "DEI" grants, we are transitioning to the concepts of Equity first, changing the name of the grant to Equity, Diverity and Inclusion.  

Grant proposal process and application.

A list of previous UC Merced DEI grant recipients is posted online.

De Acker is available to answer questions about the proposal process. Call 209-228-2598 or send inquiries to