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DEI InNOVAtion Grant Program


To provide support to NOVA faculty and staff to complete innovative and informative projects that further NOVA's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion inNOVAtion Grant Program is presented by the Office of DEI and the NOVA Foundation.


NOVA teaching faculty (FT/PT), administrative faculty, professional faculty, and/or classified staff. A strong preference will be given to proposals that have college-wide impact, cross-campus collaboration, or cross-department collaboration.


Awards will range between $1,000 - $7,000 to allow for the pursuit and completion of innovative DEI projects that support the college's mission, its commitment to Inclusive Excellence, and its focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Funding may be used for various types of projects including community partnership events, campus events, faculty, staff or student workshops, student advancement projects, or other DEI-related projects. Awardees will have one year to complete grant projects from the time of the award and will submit an evaluation of the project to NOVA's DEI Council and the NOVA Foundation.

Completed projects will be featured on the NOVA DEI website and other college-wide communication efforts. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will assist in all procurement actions to ensure college policies and procedures are followed. A letter of support from the applicant's supervisor is required to ensure the supervisor is aware of the project and supports the applicant dedicating time and effort towards the project's completion.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion InNOVAtion Grant Program is presented by the Office of DEI and the NOVA Foundation.


  • Grant Application Opens: Friday, October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Proposal Review: November 2021 - December 2021
  • Awards Announced: Monday, January 10, 2022
  • Projects Completed: Friday, December 30, 2022

Application Contents

A completed application will require the following elements. Please note that letter(s) of support from faculty and/or staff members’ supervisors(s) will need to be submitted with the application.

  1. Project title
  2. Name, title, email, campus affiliation, department affiliation of grant applicants
  3. Description of the project
  4. Rationale for the project
  5. Letter(s) of support from the faculty and/or staff members' supervisor(s)
  6. Budget
  7. Timeline of activities / project management plan
  8. Outline of how the project will be assessed for DEI impact


  1. Applications will be evaluated based on the following rubric:
  2. Description of the project - 5 points
  3. Rationale for the project - 5 points
  4. Letter(s) of support - 5 points
  5. Budget - 5 points
  6. Timeline - 5 points
  7. Discussion of Assessment - 5 points

TOTAL = 30 points

Apply for Funding

For more information, email Dr. Nathan Carter, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, at nacarter@nvcc.edu