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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 impact. The deadline for Diversity Challenge Grant, Mini Grant, and Sponsorship proposals is September 15, 2021 at 12:00 noon. 

Please note that all awarded funds must be spent before the fiscal year-end (June 30, 2022.)

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

View Past Funding Recipients


Diversity Challenge Grants

Challenge grants are available for teaching or research projects that focus on a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics. Projects must demonstrate relevance, research, reciprocity, and resilience. Individual and team projects are accepted. Up to $3,000 may be requested.

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