Equity Enhancement Fund

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

Overview

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

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.
  • Have observable and/or measureable benefits to the representation or experiences of historically disadvantaged groups within the UBC community.
  • Support UBC’s equity & inclusion efforts, UBC’s strategic plan priorities, and Faculty or Unit equity & inclusion goals and decision-making.

Applications are now closed.

Details and Criteria

The following UBC community members 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.
  • Proposals should support efforts to build the 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 UBC Equity & Inclusion Office mandate and UBC’s strategic priorities, including innovation, inclusion and connection.
  • 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 only partial funding.
  • Funding dispersed: 75% upon announcement and 25% on completion of final report.
  • There are separate funds for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
  • Partnerships between faculties/units/departments/groups are encouraged.
  • 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.
  • Successful recipients are required to submit a report, including financial accounting, to the Associate Vice President, Equity & Inclusion upon completion of the project. The Equity & 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 the project, and covering any cost overruns.

  • The proposal must be endorsed by a Head of unit or department, director, principal, vice-president, president or other similarly equivalent senior official of an organization.
  • 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 Presidents’ Strategic Implementation Committee on Equity & Diversity (VPSICED) reviews and evaluates all applications. Separate committees are formed for the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Their evaluation is based on the following criteria:

  • Strategic Value
    How well does this initiative align with the University’s equity & 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?

Have questions?

Email us at eef@equity.ubc.ca.

Apply Now

Applications are now closed.