The Chandler Diversity Office and the Human Relations Commission provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 available to teachers, schools, nonprofit organizations and community groups located Chandler or providing services to Chandler residents or students.
Funded proposals will foster diversity education for youth ages 5-18 and will promote the HRC’s mission: “To promote mutual respect and inclusion in Chandler. The Chandler Human Relations Commission works toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination; and to promote amicable relations among all racial, cultural, religious, age, gender, disabled, socio-economic and national groups within the community.”
Applications are now being accepted for FY2022-23 beginning on July 1, 2022. Applications will be accepted as long as funds are available.
A. All proposals must address one or more of the following dimensions of diversity: age, socio-economic status, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
B. Applications must be typewritten. Pay particular attention to application deadlines, mini-grant applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
C. Only one application may be submitted per project.
D. Funds are made available on a per-year basis; continued funding of ongoing projects cannot be guaranteed.
E. 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, scope of student participation and involvement, interagency collaboration, availability of multiple sources of funding, ability of project to be completed within the one-year timeline and demonstrated need for a particular program. Final funding decisions are at the sole discretion of the HRC Diversity Education Mini-Grant Committee.
F. Proposals will be reviewed and the HRC Diversity Mini-Grant Committee will choose awardees. Applications will be reviewed on the following:
- Addresses one or more of the following dimensions of diversity:
- socio-economic status
- national origin
- religion or
- sexual orientation.
- Goals and Objectives of the project reflect the mission statement of the HRC.
- Proposed budget is clear and reasonable for the project.
- Proposal is for a diversity education project or programs in or for K-12 schools.
If approved for funding, a final report outlining project accomplishments must be submitted within 60 days following completion of a funded program or event. This report should include (at minimum) the following information:
- Narrative description of accomplishments, program or event.
- Number of participants in the event/program.
- Final budget.
Additionally, all unspent grant funds must be returned to the HRC at the time of submission of the final report. Organizations failing to submit this report in a timely fashion or to return unspent funds in full will not be eligible for future funding
Applications open July 1 for as long as funds are available.
Applicants will be notified of award status within 2-3 weeks of submitting an application, and funds will be dispersed, at maximum, approximately 4 weeks after notification has been sent.
The Multicultural Festival at CTA Humphery was born more than two years ago after educators wanted to help students celebrate their own diverse cultures and learn about new ones.
“We are a really unique campus with a diverse group of kids,” Myra Felix, a Special Education teacher at CTA Humphrey Campus said. “We took a look at our demographics survey and saw that our large community really was from everywhere, not only one or two different countries. This is a celebration of all of us — to increase awareness and appreciation of the different cultures, to continue establishing a feeling of inclusion for our students, to understand traditions of different communities and to promote respect.”
At Tarwater Elementary School, more than 250 students in grades K-5 spend half of their day learning in Mandarin Chinese, and half learning in English when school is in session. The school, located in southwest Chandler, is home to the only Mandarin Dual Language Immersion program in the East Valley.
On campus, Chinese culture and celebrations are a school-wide focus. In January of this year, the school hosted its largest ever Chinese New Year Celebration with the help of a Diversity Education Mini-Grant Scholarship from the City’ Diversity Office.