Apply for a Lindy Center 2021 Anti-Racism Mini-Grant!
The Lindy Center is excited to offer a grant opportunity for students to develop projects that will further understanding and action against systemic racism in partnership with the West Philadelphia community.
The Anti-Racism Mini-Grant will award selected students funding in four focus areas:
- Opportunities for Dialogue
- K-12 or Peer Education
- Arts and Culture, and
- Economic Mobility
Projects should directly address racism and its effects in the West Philadelphia community, with particular focus on the neighborhoods of Mantua and Powelton Village where Drexel is located. Students who are granted this award will use their funds to bring awareness and intentional action to the conditions and consequences of racial inequality, with the aim of seeking more equitable resource distribution and recognition at Drexel and in the West Philadelphia community. Please see the official call for proposals here.
The 2021 application is now closed and we are excited to share the recipients of the grant here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Anti-Racism Mini-Grant:
1. How long is the application review process?
It should take approximately three (3) weeks to review all applications and proposals. Students will be notified in early-mid December if they are selected for the grant. Students will have access to funds beginning January 3, 2022.
2. Is there a deadline extension for grant proposals?
No. There is no deadline extension. Grant proposals are due on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 at 11:59PM.
3. How many students will be selected for the mini-grant program?
A small number of students (5-10) will be selected for this grant, based on the application review.
4. Can I choose more than one (1) designated focus area for my project?
Yes. Students may choose to focus their project on just one focus area or more than one (up to four) focus area. However, the student must explain how all needs align with each other and address systemic racism in the local community.
5. How much time will select students have to work on their projects?
Selected students will be granted six (6) months to work on their projects (starting in January 2022). Given the brief time span, students should not create project goals that cannot be achieved within the grant period.
6. Can I apply with a team or group?
Yes. A student can apply to the grant as a team; however, the number of members in a team cannot exceed three (3).
7. Will selected students be expected to keep the Lindy Center updated on their projects?
Yes. Students selected for the grant will keep the Lindy Center staff updated on your projects and concerns. They will provide support documentation regarding spending, progress, and project outcomes.
8. Are there limitations to what I can and cannot use grant funds for?
Yes. Students WILL NOT be permitted to use grant funds for:
1) Compensation for themselves for time spent on the grant.
2) Alcoholic beverages: students may use funds to buy food for events/meetings as part of their project, but are not to provide alcohol.
3) Any project or work done to fulfill any academic requirement such as a course project, independent study, thesis, etc.
b. Yes. Students WILL be permitted to use grant funds for:
1) Materials/supplies: students may purchase items that will help with their project. Items may include: gardening tools, art supply, books, etc.
2) Food & beverages: pizza, water, juice, soda, snacks, etc.
3) All funds distributed by the Lindy Center must be used for this project, not another course project.