Diversity Grant

We are temporarily suspending the LSC Diversity Grant program to review the processes and procedures involved in the grant process. Our aim is to address problems that have come to light with the existing process and ensure that it is managed in keeping with our legal and ethical obligations to all students, the First Amendment, and our institutional commitment to the free and open exchange of ideas.

Campus Activities (CA) and Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement (SLiCE), as part of the Lory Student Center, support a fundamental commitment to eliminate discrimination based on gender, race, national origin, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation or different abilities, in all aspects of the Student Center’s operation. To fulfill this commitment, active participation and input by the entire University community – students, faculty and staff – in developing programs, facilities, and services which celebrate the diversity is essential.

In an effort to establish a multicultural environment within the Lory Student Center, Campus Activities, SLiCE and the Lory Center Governing Board collaborate to administer the LSC Diversity Grant through a funding committee, which consists of students and staff members from the Lory Student Center and the general CSU Community. Rent generated through the Flea Market spaces in the Lory Student Center funds the Grants for Diverse Programming; all organizations and vendors utilizing Flea Market space pay a rental fee (if there is expected revenue).

These grants are designed to support programs that enhance the educational and cultural aspects of the university community and raise the awareness of differing perspectives.

Guidelines & Criteria

Grants are awarded to Colorado State University registered student organizations, as recognized by the SLiCE office, and academic or administrative departments.

  • Grant requests of up to $600.00 will be considered once per semester per organization or department. Groups applying only once per year may be considered to receive a grant of up to $1200.00.
  • Grant funds can be utilized for direct program support such as marketing, room rental or tech fees, supplies, etc.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for Awards and Trophies; College commencement ceremonies; Contest entries; Damage deposits; Departmental Honor Nights; Donations; Flowers and floral arrangements; Newsletters; Salaries; Scholarships; Honoraria for CSU faculty and staff (including student staff); Travel for students; and Food or Beverages. (Exceptions will be made if food is culturally relevant and integral to the program).
  • Grants are for the academic year. No awards are made for the summer.
    Applications must be submitted prior to the event taking place.
    Programs must take place on-campus during the current academic year, preferably in the Lory Student Center.
  • In addition to traditional annual events, organizations and departments are urged to submit proposals for new and innovative programs that give dimension to our commitment to diversity.
  • Costs for the program are paid directly from the Diversity Grant account by reimbursement of receipts to Student Organization Financial Accounts (SOFAs) or individuals (not outside bank accounts); no funds are transferred to other accounts and funds not utilized within 30 days of the completion of a program are reallocated to other events.
  • Programs must be open to the public with no admission charge to fee-paying university students.
  • Funds cannot be used towards a fundraiser for the group seeking funds or donations to other organizations.
  • Organizations/departments must acknowledge the Diversity Grant in all their publicity materials.
  • The organization/department is asked to send a follow up email to Tyrell Allen (Tyrell.Allen@ColoState.edu), the Diversity Grant Coordinator, within three weeks after the completion of the event with a program evaluation and final budget outline. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for funding for 1 academic year.

Important Dates

There are no upcoming dates at this time.

Review Funding

  • Applications must be submitted to Tyrell Allen, the Diversity Grant Coordinator, no later than 5:00 pm on the Application Deadline date (found in the “Important Dates” tab). Please submit applications online or to the Campus Activities Office (LSC 130K) located on the lower level of the Lory Student Center.

  • During the funding session, applicants are asked to give a 4-5 minute verbal presentation of the request followed by questions from the committee, Additionally, please bring an outline of the program’s anticipated budget to the funding session.

  • During the 4-5 minute verbal presentation, we ask that you address the purpose of your program, as well as how your program will enhance the educational and cultural aspects of the CSU community and/or raise awareness of differing perspectives.