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DIA Fund

As a leading public university, we strive to cultivate a community that works toward our nation’s highest democratic ideals. Toward this goal, the LSA Democracy in Action Fund provides grants ranging from $500 to $2500 to support students, faculty, and staff to do the challenging work of advancing genuine democratic engagement on campus.

We fund projects that: 

  1. Celebrate and promote an inclusive community with an emphasis on civil, productive dialogue between students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds.   
  2. Promote a greater understanding of participatory democracy and our role in it.
  3. Showcase the power and impact of a liberal arts education to effectively address issues associated with exclusion and marginalization as well as problems associated with various forms of discrimination and inequality.
  4. Promote a program or large-scale strategy that LSA could undertake to significantly enhance students’ feelings of inclusion, connection, and democratic engagement, including realistic proposals for implementation.

Proposal submissions must include the following information:

  1. Registered Student Organization (RSO) statement of support.
  2. Motivation Statement. This statement should describe why the project is important to the applicants and may be up to one page in length.
  3. Names of the individuals and organizations collaborating on the project.
  4. Name of at least one lead contact from each organization contributing to the project.
  5. Title/theme of project. 
  6. Description of the project. Include how it will address at least one of the DIA goals as well as how it will be relevant and engaging for a broad range of students.
  7. Proposed timeline for project planning and implementation. This can be uploaded as a PDF. 
  8. Proposed itemized budget with an estimated full cost of the project including any amount of funds already secured or additional funds still needed (if applicable). This can also be uploaded as a PDF.