Common Ground Grant
The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground is now accepting applications for Common Ground Grant activities and programs for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The Common Ground Grant is intended to support proposals from student co–applicants that focus on cross-racial, cross-cultural, and cross-identity gatherings – meeting, mixing, and getting to know each other. In particular, we are interested in funding activities that individuals and/or student organizations that can bring students together for cross-group conversations and interactions that might not otherwise occur. These activities do not need to be related to an existing group’s mission or initiatives.
The goal of these initiatives should be to help students grapple with questions about their own identity, questions like; who am I? who do I want to be? what do I really want? and where do I land? Thurman calls this the “inward journey”, meaning that once you truly know yourself, you will be able to see yourself in every other person. Then, through meaningful, shared experiences with people from other disciplines, backgrounds and walks of life, we believe students can overcome any barriers of divisiveness that separates one person from another.
The Common Ground Grant provides additional financial support for students in collaboration who prove to be fostering this ideology by seeking meaningful and creative shared experiences.
We look forward to seeing how you come to know each other.
The Common Ground Grant Application Information
- Intended focus. Proposals should focus on involving multiple organizations and an activity unrelated to any one group’s mission. It should be intuitive to where all parties can interact.
- Fostering collaboration and interaction. Whether the collaboration is among existing groups or it is an effort to generate new collaboration, the goal of this grant is to prioritize efforts aimed at strengthening cross-racial, cross-cultural, and cross-identity conversations and interactions.
- Potential for impact. Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly articulate the intended impact of the activity for BU communities and a plan to accomplish. The committee looks most positively upon proposals that effectively answer the following questions: a) who do you plan to meet or encounter with your activity? b) how does the activity facilitate substantive interactions and conversations? and, c) what do you hope is the follow up?
- New initiatives. After the event or program has been funded, priority will be given to funding other new initiatives.
Common Ground Grant proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted no later than one month prior to the activity and the staff will only consider programs for the current or next academic semester.
If you have questions in anticipation of the funding deadline, please contact Shari Tumandao at email@example.com