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Sponsorship and Funding

The Division of Diversity and Engagement provides several funding opportunities for UTK faculty and staff. Competitive funding is rooted and awarded in data driven potential to support the volunteer spirit, encourage discovery, and create and impact. The deadline for Challenge Grants, Mini Grants and Sponsorship proposals is September 15 annually. Applications will open in the fall. 

For more information contact Dr. Javiette Samuel, Assistant Vice Chancellor at

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Diversity Challenge Grants

This funding opportunity is available for teaching or research projects that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), racial injustice, systemic racism, class, human dignity, or social justice. Individual and team projects are acceptable. Projects should demonstrate relevance, research, reciprocity, and resilience. PI’s can request up to $3,000 per project.

Challenge Grant Request Form


Funding is provided for individuals and teams that support a variety of projects that address UT’s land grant mission of teaching, research, and service/public engagement. Up to $2,000 can be requested.

Proposal Request Form

Mini Grants

Proposals up to $1,000 are considered for projects and activities that focus on public engagement and outreach. Individuals and teams can apply.

Mini-Grant Request Form