SOMD CEI Mini Grants

The SOMD’s Committee for Equity and Inclusion invites faculty (NTTF and TTF) and staff to submit proposals for mini grants to support research, creative activity, and professional development that further the goals of the SOMD and the university, as articulated in the university’s IDEAL Framework: A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Mini grants may be used to support

  • the purchase of materials (instruments, dance- or music-related supplies, scores, books, etc.)
  • travel to conferences or workshops
  • training related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • the creation/production of performances, workshops, or other events

Note: faculty and staff seeking funds to bring in guest artists or scholars should submit a proposal to the SOMD CEI Guest Artist and Scholar Series.


Proposals are due by Friday, January 13. Please submit proposals via email to, with the subject line “mini grant proposal”; include all materials in a single PDF if at all possible.


Proposals may fund projects undertaken between February 15 and December 15, 2023. Proposals will be evaluated by members of the CEI, and decisions will be announced by early February.


Proposals should include the following:

1. Proposal. A 300- to 500-word statement that that clearly explains (1) the nature of the proposed project, (2) the goals of the proposed project, and (3) how the project furthers the diversity goals of the SOMD and the university.

2. Proposed budget. A detailed budget outlining how much money you are requesting and how the funds will be spent. Please indicate any additional sources of funding for the project. Note: $5000 in mini grants will be awarded. Proposals should range between roughly $250 and $1500.

3. Supporting material (optional). The committee welcomes, but does not require, supporting materials that help to clarify your project. Applicants may create a document that contains URL links to available files such as articles, audio recordings, videos, websites, or other relevant material; alternatively, applicants may upload PDF files of materials.


Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Clear articulation of the nature and goals of the project.
  • Clear articulation of how the planned activity speaks to the goals of the SOMD and the university, as outlined in the university’s IDEAL Framework: A Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. There are myriad ways a project might speak to those goals, including (but not limited to): addressing areas of research or practice that have traditionally been marginalized; providing mentorship for students from underrepresented backgrounds who may not see their identities reflected in their fields of study; developing new directions in research and practice that imagine a more diverse future for a given field; and developing administrative strategies for promoting diversity in higher education.
  • Feasibility of the proposed budget.


Please direct questions to Stephen Rodgers, Chair of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion (