Towards Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Grants

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sponsors a funding opportunity for members of the college community: the Towards Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (TIDE) grant program. This program is designed to infuse inclusion, diversity, and equity into all aspects of our campus community.

By supporting the community through these grants, we leverage the creativity and passion of members of the college to further inclusion on campus and the surrounding community. This year we are especially interested in projects focusing on racial justice and that further goals outlined in the DEI working group report of the strategic plan. At large, we are looking for innovative and creative projects that work towards advancing inclusion, diversity, and equity in ways that are ideally calibrated to meet the pressing needs of individual units and departments or the campus as a whole. Possible directions for TIDE proposals include—but are not restricted to—art installations, campus conversations, discussion fora, ongoing workshops, training programs, or any other program that advances inclusion, diversity, and equity in our community.

*A list of past TIDE grant awards can be found here

Funding:  The TIDE program will provide up to $5,000 in support per project each year.  Additional funding will be provided if resources allow.  TIDE funds cannot be used for student employment or faculty/staff stipends. The expectation is that awarded funds will be utilized for projects that conclude by June 30th of each year. 

Eligibility:  All Williams faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply.  Collaborative projects across units, departments, and programs are strongly encouraged and projects highlighting ways to assess and reflect on impact will be prioritized.

Application:   To apply, fill out this form.

Application Deadlines:  October 16 and March 7

Selection Process:  A committee will review all project proposals. Projects that emphasize collaborations across staff departments and/or academic units are especially encouraged.

Reporting Requirements:  During the grant period, grantees are asked to participate in two workshops organized by OIDEI. The first workshop, at the beginning of the grant period, will provide opportunities to refine project proposals and look to develop collaborative working relationships with other funded projects. The second, at the end of the grant period, will provide an opportunity for grantees to share their experiences with the college more broadly, including through the submission of reports made to the Office for Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

In addition, grantees will be asked to provide a written project debrief summary by June 30th.

Grantees may also be asked to join the selection committee for the following TIDE cycle. After the grant year, OIDEI will work towards incorporating the key lessons and insights from grant-sponsored projects into wider college programs and initiatives.

Questions?  Email [email protected]