Seed Grants for Actions that promote Community Transformation (ACT)


In Fall 2022, the Vice Provost for Diversity Office will support seed grants ($3-5K) or Super Seed Grants ($5,000- $15,000) for Actions that Promote Community Transformation projects that support faculty and/or staff-led projects that aim to promote increased sense of belonging within their local environments at the University. The following is an outline of project requirements/parameters:

  • Projects should support UT’s You Belong Here Plan
  • Projects may be proposed by individuals or teams.
  • Teams may involve students, but must be led by faculty or staff.
  • Projects may include piloting new ideas, testing new initiatives, data collection on issues of interest, etc.
  • Projects may also include continuation of previous projects that have been successful (see below)
  • Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to, improved support of graduate or undergraduate education, departmental climate, faculty hiring practices, practices that can improve faculty/ staff promotion and retention, understanding of unique needs of different populations within our campus, understanding factors that attracted recent hires to our campus, faculty and staff development, mentoring practices, and student recruitment practices.


  • Applications is now closed.
  • Funded initiatives announced by week of October 11, 2022
  • Monthly sharing of ideas (informal). First meeting: Thursday, October 27, 2022
  • Report on project advances: May 31, 2023
  • Final report and poster with project results due by August 1, 2023
  • Funds should be used by August 31, 2023


Applications are open and will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 23, 2022 at 11:59 pm. You can apply here.


New Recipients Announced for Community Transformation Project Grants (October 27, 2021)