Campus Climate Grant

Campus Climate Graphic Updates 2016

Background

Campus Climate funds are provided from the Texas A&M Foundation and made available through the Department of Multicultural Services as a funding source on behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. These funds are dedicated to programs or activities that promote a positive and supportive campus climate and recognize, value, and integrate diversity in the pursuit of academic excellence at Texas A&M.  Programming typically focuses on issues of ability status, age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, native language, race, religion, sexual orientation, globalization, and socioeconomic background, all which could influence how students, staff, or faculty feel welcomed, supported, included, and/or valued within the campus community. Improving and sustaining a healthy campus climate is a critical component of the Campus Diversity Plan, which outlines a commitment to encourage the respectful treatment of others, affirms and encourages individuals to take pride in their identity, and results in the inclusion of all in the “Aggie Family.”

Proposal Review Process

Campus Climate funds are reviewed month and funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the fall and spring until the funds are depleted. Proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee on a monthly basis. Selection committee members are appointed based on their experience and work with student groups and student programming. Selection committee members are trained on the grant funding program, application process, review criteria, and any other program requirements and considerations.

Review Outcomes. Applications can be funded, not funded, or returned for resubmission. Funded applications may have conditions attached, such as a limitation of items on which the funds can be used. Applications not funded will be accompanied by a justification for the decision. Applications returned for resubmission will specify what details are necessary for further consideration. Any requested information must be submitted within a given timeframe or current and/or future funding will be jeopardized.

Review Criteria

At a minimum, funding proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Primary audience for the event is students at Texas A&M University.
  • Application is submitted by a recognized Texas A&M student organization, academic or administrative unit/department, or university affiliated organization or network.
  • Application is received at least three weeks prior to the proposed event or activity.
  • Application is complete and in sufficient detail, which means:

1. The link between the event or activity and promoting a positive and supportive climate is clear.

2. The intended learning outcomes are stated and reasonable given the nature of the event. Learning outcomes are what students are able to demonstrate in terms of learning, skills and/or attitudes after your event.

3. There is a clear and appropriate evaluation strategy for the event to determine whether or not the intended learning outcomes were met.

4. Complete and itemized budget for the event or activity is included.

In addition, greater consideration will be given to applications meeting the following criteria:

  • Event or activity encourages positive sustained and/or meaningful interaction between (groups of) campus constituents of which do not typically engage or interact with one another
  • Multiple sources of funding have been secured or approached
  • Event or activity impacts a significant number of students (greater than 100)

Conditions

The following should be considered upon application:

  • Funding will not be provided until AFTER the report of the event/activity is received.
  • The applicant is submitting the application for the CURRENT academic year.
  • The funded recipient is to submit a report of the event/activity summarizing the outcomes and how the campus climate was positively impacted by a requested date. If the report is not submitted within the expected timeframe, current and/or future funding will be jeopardized. Please include the student organization SOFC account number or department account number in the report and submit it to CampusClimate@dms.tamu.edu
  • Except in rare situations, the amount awarded will not exceed $500.
  • Funded recipients will not receive more than $1,000 per academic year.
  • Funding will be allocated on a rolling basis until resources are exhausted.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.
  • If applications are not submitted by that month’s deadline, it will be held until the next month’s submission period.
  • Funding will not be granted for food/catering.
  • Funding will not be awarded for giveaway expenses (i.e. gift cards, gift certificates, stipends, door prizes, etc.) or for any items for potential sale.
  • The Campus Climate Grant program through the Division of Student Affairs – Department of Multicultural Services is to be acknowledged on marketing materials (i.e. advertisements, brochures, publications, event programs, etc.) and/or during the event.  A graphic will be provided for media materials upon request.

Please email CampusClimate@dms.tamu.edu with questions or for any needed clarifications.

Submission Deadline

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
August 12 January 13
September 2 February 3
October 7 March 3
November 4 April 7
December 2 May 5

*The deadline for each month is typically the first Friday of the month.

Application Process

To apply for funding please submit the application, including additional relevant information.

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