Equity Enhancement Fund

The Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports community-based initiatives that enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UBC.


Following the action plan from Renewing our Commitment to Equity and Diversity: UBC’s Response to the Task Force Recommendationspreference will be given to initiatives which:

  • Build student, faculty and staff competencies and understanding related to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through community-engaged activities.
  • Promote a respectful environment at UBC through education, dialogue and community engagement.

Applications are accepted from students, staff and faculty for a broad range of funding up to a maximum of $25,000.

Details and Criteria

The following are invited to submit proposals to the Equity Enhancement Fund:

  • Any UBC academic or administrative unit;
  • Equity committees and equity representatives;
  • Unions or Associations;
  • Alma Mater Society, Graduate Student Society, UBC Students’ Union Okanagan;
  • Student clubs or groups;
  • Individuals.

Applications demonstrating partnerships with other clubs and units will be given preference.

NOTE: Proposals will not be accepted to fund academic research that would be carried out in the normal course of work or study or may be eligible for research funding.

  • Proposals should have observable and/or measurable benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that benefit the UBC community and have a continuing effect on enhancing employment or educational equity.
  • Proposals should support efforts to build capacity of partners to adopt and advance values of equity & inclusion in their own settings; project rationale and objectives should advance UBC’s approach to inclusive excellence and be consistent with the priorities of the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office mandate and UBC’s strategic priorities, including innovation, inclusion and connection.
  • All Equity Enhancement Fund initiatives must be in accordance with UBC’s Respectful Environment Statement.

  • Proposals up to $25,000 will be considered. Small and large proposals are encouraged, however, large proposals may receive partial funding.
  • 75 per cent of the funds will be dispersed upon announcement and 25 per cent on completion of final report.
  • There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
  • Partnerships between faculties/units/departments/groups are encouraged and will be given preference.
  • Applications should demonstrate some financial contributions (not just in-kind) from faculties, units and clubs.
  • Funding will not be granted for projects that are a normal part of the unit’s responsibilities and operating expenses, or, except in exceptional circumstances, to reinstitute a previously funded project in a unit.
  • Funding is allocated once a year in the last quarter of the fiscal period by the Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, with advice from the Vice President Strategic Implementation Committee.
  • Successful recipients are required to submit a report, including financial accounting, and any communication materials, to the Associate Vice President, Equity and Inclusion upon completion of the project. The Equity and Inclusion Office will provide a template for this purpose.
  • Funds must be spent within one year of receiving funding. Any unused funds must be reported and returned.
  • The fund recipients are responsible for planning and implementation related to your project, and covering any cost overruns.

  • The proposal must be endorsed by a Head of unit or department, director, principal, vice-president, presider or other similarly equivalen senior official of an organization. ie. a Head of Unit is the Director of a service unit; Head of an academic department; Director of a centre, institute or school; Principal of a college; Dean; Associate Vice President; University Librarian; Registrar; Vice President; or President; president of student club or society.
  • NOTE: The person making the endorsement assumes responsibility for monitoring the project and ensuring a final report is submitted.

A sub-committee of the Vice President Strategic Implementation Committee with representatives from the Okanagan and Vancouver reviews and evaluates all applications. Their evaluation is based on the following criteria:

  • Strategic Value
    How well does this initiative align with the University’s Equity and Inclusion mandate and commitments as outlined in UBC's strategic plan.
  • Enhances Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    Will this initiative significantly contribute to the enhancement of equity, inclusion, diversity and intercultural understanding at UBC?
  • Outreach
    Does this enhance UBC’s reputation on and off campus? Does it create an opportunity to partner with other UBC units/organizations or with groups outside the university?
  • Community Engaged Activities
    Will this project engage and inspire participation of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community?
  • Sustainability
    How can this project be made sustainable beyond the funding period?

Get Involved

  • Equity Enhancement Fund Showcase
  • Proposal Writing Workshop

Application Form and Deadline

Download application form (word).

Deadline to submit applications is February 28.

Submit application.