Community Building Seed Grant Fund call for proposals

December 18, 2023
Sally Kornbluth, President | Cynthia Barnhart, Provost | Paula T. Hammond, Incoming Vice Provost for Faculty |

Dear colleagues,

We have heard loud and clear that many faculty and instructors would appreciate more opportunities to come together and connect with each other. Recent tensions on campus have only highlighted the need to build community.

We’re therefore very pleased to announce the Community Building Seed Grant Fund. Modeled after the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund, which supports mostly student-focused community building activities, this new initiative will encourage community-building efforts among faculty and instructor colleagues. Though proposals on all topics will be considered, those addressing antisemitism, Islamophobia and anti-Arab hate on campus will be especially encouraged.

Brief proposals, with a budget, are due by February 9, and can be submitted through the MindHandHeart website. Proposals will be funded up to $7,500. You are welcome to submit as an individual or as a group.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.


Sally Kornbluth

Cynthia Barnhart

Paula T. Hammond
Incoming Vice Provost for Faculty

Call for proposals: Community Building Seed Grant Fund

Submission Process

Please use this form to submit a proposal outlining your idea for community building and a brief budget request and rationale.


  • February 9: Proposals due for review by a committee overseen by the Incoming Vice Provost for Faculty
  • February 26: Proposals selected and funding decisions conveyed
  • November 15: Final report due


Potential topics include:

  • Interdepartmental/cross-school activities
  • Guest speakers
  • Networking events
  • Training workshops
  • Research showcases/performances


The projects selected to move forward will each receive funding of no more than $7,500.


If you have questions or require more information, please contact