Diversity Funding Opportunities

Diversity Education Mini-Grants

The Chandler Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Division and the Human Relations Commission are pleased to offer mini-grants of up to $1,000. These grants are available to teachers, schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups that are either located in Chandler or provide services to Chandler residents or students.

We seek proposals that support DEI programs for youth ages 5-18, aligning with the city's DEI mission: "To cultivate a community and municipal organization that embraces diversity to create a more inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and thrive."

Applications for FY 2024/2025 will be accepted starting July 1, 2024.

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To ensure clarity and thoroughness, please review the following guidelines for the Chandler Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Division and Human Relations Commission mini-grants.

A. The event must be held in Chandler.  If the organization is not located in Chandler, you must confirm that the event or program will serve a majority of Chandler students.

B. Organizations can be funded once per year for one program. Only one application may be submitted per project.

C. DEI education includes: presenting a DEI topic to a diverse audience of students OR introducing a new DEI topic to students.

D. All proposals must address one or more of the following dimensions of diversity:

  • Age
  • Socio-economic status
  • Culture
  • Ability and Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender and Identity
  • National origin
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Language

E. Applications are open July 1 to May 31 and will be reviewed upon receipt. Applications will not be considered the month of June.

F. Funds are allocated on a one-time yearly basis; continued funding for ongoing projects cannot be guaranteed.

G. First priority for funding will be given to diversity education projects or programs in K-12 schools. Other considerations may include (but are not limited to):

  • Creativity of the project
  • Scope of student participation and involvement
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Availability of multiple sources of funding
  • Ability of the project to be completed within the one-year timeline
  • Demonstrated need for the program

H. Proposals will be reviewed and awardees will be made by the Diversity Education Mini-Grant Committee. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Addressing one or more dimensions of diversity (age, socio-economic status, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation)
  • Goals and objectives of the project reflect the Chandler DEI mission statement
  • Clear and reasonable proposed budget for the project
  • The proposal focuses on a DEI project or program for K-12 students

By adhering to these guidelines, applicants can help ensure their proposals align with the mission and objectives of the Chandler DEI Division and Human Relations Commission. We look forward to receiving your applications and supporting valuable DEI initiatives within our community.

If your proposal is approved for funding, a final report outlining the project’s accomplishments must be submitted within 60 days following the completion of the funded program or event. This report should include, at a minimum, the following information:

  1. Narrative Description: Provide a detailed account of the program or event, including the activities conducted and the overall accomplishments.
  2. Participant Information: Specify the number of participants involved in the event or program.
  3. Final Budget: Present a comprehensive final budget that details all expenditures related to the project.

Additionally, all unspent grant funds must be returned to the Chandler DEI at the time of the final report submission.

Organizations that fail to submit this report in a timely manner or do not return unspent funds in full will be ineligible for future funding.

Application Timelines

  • Open Dates: Applications will be accepted from July 1 to May 31, or until all funds are exhausted.
  • Closed Period: No applications will be accepted in June, due to year-end reconciliation.

Notification and Fund Disbursement

  • Award Notification: Applicants will be notified of their award status within 3-4 weeks of submitting an application.
  • Fund Disbursement: Funds will be disbursed within 4-5 weeks after the notification has been sent and an agreement has been received.

Disclaimer: Timelines for fund disbursement are contingent upon the applicant submitting the necessary payment information and invoice in a timely manner. Delays in providing this information may result in a delay in fund disbursement.

Final Report

  • A final report outlining the project’s accomplishments must be submitted within 60 days following the completion of the funded program or event. See the Final Report section for more information.

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