Review Criteria

Criteria for Racial Justice Grant proposals.

All proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA): Universities play a critical role in modeling racial justice and building community. Community engagement is a major strategy of fostering connections between people and across cultures. Developed by the Campus Compact for Wisconsin, the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) lens creates an opportunity to increase a shared understanding of these concepts, provide a safe environment in which individuals feel welcomed and respected to engage in these conversations, and create a collaborative co-creation of knowledge building to address racial justice. 

Inclusion – Project creates a collaborative and participatory environment to engage across disciplines, and communities.  The project aligns with the needs of the community stakeholders.

  • Does the proposal give evidence of the necessary expertise to carry out the plan effectively?
  • Does the proposal reflect the input of the community partner?
  • How will the community partner be engaged throughout the duration of the funding?
  • What unique expertise does the community partner bring to the project and what are the shared goals of the collaboration?

Diversity – The project aligns with the UM’s Culture of Belonging.

  • Does the proposal address issues related to anti-Black racism(e.g., policing of black communities, segregation, racial disparities in public health, etc.) and racial justice? How?

Equity  The project provides fair access to resources & opportunities, full participation in the life & well-being of the community, & self-determination in meeting fundamental needs and goals.

Access – The project will foster attitudes, behaviors, and procedures to facilitate access that promotes equity and diversity, fosters inclusion, and allows people to maximize their contribution to our organization and communities that we serve.

  • Does the project draw effectively on available institutional resources and expertise?
  • Is the budget solid and reflective of real community needs?