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 Recommendations, preference 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;
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?
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?
How can this project be made sustainable beyond the funding period?
- Equity Enhancement Fund Showcase
- Proposal Writing Workshop
Application Form and Deadline
Download application form (word).
Deadline to submit applications is February 28.