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The Educational Equity & Excellence Collaborative (E3C) Offers 2023–2024 Innovation Fund Grants

April 6, 2023

Dear Colleagues,

The Educational Equity & Excellence Collaborative (E3C), a new initiative housed in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA), is now accepting proposals for Innovation Grants. Proposals are being accepted for the 2023 and 2024 grant cycles (Summer 2023, AY 2023–2024). 

The purpose of these one-time Innovation Grants is to assist projects that support students, faculty, and staff across our university community in expanding college access and opportunity for students who are considered first-generation, underrepresented, and/or from modest income households. The E3C invites proposals for proven strategies and/or creative projects that aim to realize our university’s commitment to inclusive excellence through recruitment, enrollment, support, and graduation of first-generation students, students from underrepresented groups, and/or those from modest income households. 

Learn more about the E3C and the Innovation Grant Fund applicant eligibility and requirements. Where possible, applicants are encouraged to collaborate with multiple University and/or community partners.

The deadlines for proposal submissions will vary by grant period, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants can apply for grants totaling up to $25,000. 


Grant Period 

Project Start/End Dates 

Proposal Due Date 

Summer 2023 

June 1 – August 31, 2023 

May 5, 2023 

Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 

September 2023 – June 2024 

June 2, 2023 


We hope the grant summary provides helpful guidance. Please email Tania Tabora, our Community & Project Manager, at with additional questions. 

Thank you for your interest, efforts, and commitment to our university community.

Best regards,

Aramis Gutierrez
Assistant Vice President for Educational Access & Success
Executive Director, The Educational Equity & Excellence Collaborative, The E3C