Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2023-2024 DEI Council Mini-Grants!

  • Growing Better Together – Jessi Wright, Maine CITE
  • Islam in the 21st Century: Culture & Identity, – Majid Binghalib, adjunct faculty of History and Interdisciplinary studies
  • Pride 2024 – Duncan Persons, Photographer & Social Media Specialist
  • Seeing & Supporting All: Enhancing UMA Libraries Collection to Better Reflect our Students – Cory Budden, Instruction & Outreach Librarian
  • Specter Moose Literary and Art Magazine, 2023–2024 – Noel Tague, Assistant Professor Of English, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

2024/2025 DEI Mini-Grant Applications Open Fall, 2024

Who can apply?

This mini-grant application process is open to all members of the UMA community, including full and part-time faculty, staff, and students. We encourage both individual submissions and proposals that include collaboration across UMA and with community organizations.

When is the application due?

Applications will open in September and are due in October. The due date will be announced in September.

How much can I apply for?

Award amounts will vary but will be typically no more than $1500 per project. Funds must be spent on the approved project by May 31, 2025.

What kinds of projects will be funded?

We encourage proposals that seek to improve UMA’s engagement with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues. By UMA, we mean on the Augusta or Bangor campus, at any UMA Center, and/or for online or distance students regardless of location.

Priority will be given to projects supporting Strategy 5:  Foster Inclusion in UMA’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.

Options might include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a stipend for a student worker/intern for DEI related work.
  • Funding a guest speaker or speaker series.
  • Working with a community organization to sponsor workshops or training.
  • Underwriting a project to assist UMA student equity and inclusion.
  • Funding the purchase of books, videos, or other physical materials.

How will my application be evaluated?

Each application will be evaluated by a grant reader committee, to include at least one student evaluator. The applications will be rated on a 1-5 scale in the following categories:

  1. Potential impact on DEI climate at UMA.
  2. Strength of project plan/details.
  3. Connection to furthering the goals of Strategy 5: Foster Inclusion in the UMA Strategic Plan

By applying for a mini-grant award, the applicant agrees to 1) provide oversight for project activities and progress 2) ensure that incurred expenses support the original proposal intent and budget while complying with University policies 3) ensure that expenses occur within the starting and ending dates of the project stated, and 4) submit grant progress reports upon request.

For questions and more information contact: Professor Susan Baker at or (207) 621-3285

Updated 12/8/2023