2019-20 Colloquy Grants

2019-20 Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness
$15,000 Grants for Participants

General Description:

Participants in the Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness have the opportunity to apply for a grant of $15,000 that follows up on the learning in their initial small grant of $5,000. The follow-up grant will build on the foundational work accomplished through the $5,000 grant on race critical work within the teaching and learning culture of their respective schools. The larger grant project will build on the initial interrogations of race and racism in the curricular and pedagogical agendas of individual schools that were embedded in the small grant. The goals for the $15,000 grants should cohere with any one of the three overarching goals of the Colloquy:

  • To foster, sustain, and advance deep conversations on the challenges and opportunities of critical race consciousness and anti-racist competencies for the reconstruction of theological education in particular higher educational contexts.
  • To deepen the interrogation of structures and conditions which sustain hegemonic regimes of knowledge and normative assumptions about the nature and purposes of theological education.
  • To develop new collaborative pedagogical, curricular, and institutional resources and strategies that are research-based, praxis-tested, multi-axis (intersectional), and can be widely shared to facilitate race critical work across the broader ecology of theological education.

Follow-up Grant projects would occur during the 2020-21 academic year

Proposal Deadline: April 1, 2020

Please apply online.
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You will be prompted to attach the required documents (pdf format) to the online application, including a signed copy of the Grant Information Form, the Proposal Narrative & Budget, and an Institutional Letter of Support.

Follow-up grant proposals consist of three parts:

The Grant Information Form requests information necessary for the consideration of your proposal, including contact information, grant project dates, amount of the grant request, and a 150-word proposal abstract.

I. Grant Information Form

The Grant Type to select is “Project – Race Critical Consciousness”

The form requests information necessary for the consideration of your proposal (including contact information, grant project dates, amount of the grant, and 150 word proposal abstract).

This form requires contact information for and signatures from:

  • The Project Director/s: The person/s responsible for providing narrative report on grants, typically the person/s overseeing the administration of the grant and writing the project proposal to apply for the grant.
  • The Financial Contact: The person responsible for receiving the check and providing financial reports of expenditures for the institution. This should be a different person than the project director.
  • The Authorization Contact: The person authorized to sign grant contracts for the institution.


II. Proposal Narrative & Budget
No longer than 10 pages long (single-spaced). Please include page numbers.

Successful proposals will include specific examples, demonstrate thoughtful reflection about the project’s presenting problem, identify and address relevant pedagogical questions, attend to the alignment of the design with the goals, and provide clear plans for evaluating, assessing, and responding to what was learned during the course of the project.

The Project Proposal must follow an outline of these seven elements:

  • 1. Title of Proposed Project
    Give us a central idea of what the project will explore
  • 2. Framing Question or Problem
    A good framing question or problem can help you identify what you do not understand and articulate why you must pursue it. It can also help you identify what strategies and activities can be most helpful and who might collaborate in the work. Ask yourself: What do you want to know? What is the student learning issue at the heart of this project that builds on the previous small grant project? What classroom practice will this project address? What is the pedagogical issue or problem that this project is seeking to address and why does it matter?
  • 3. Project Goals
    List a set of goals for this project that align with any one of the three goals of the Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness and the goals sets forth in the small project grant. Consider such questions as: What do you hope to accomplish or learn? What will this grant help you to do that you couldn’t do without funding? At the conclusion of the grant project, what change will have occurred as a consequence of this grant project addressing race critical consciousness?
  • 4. Description of Activities
    What is the scope of work envisioned for this grant project and how will the activities build on the work accomplished through the prior small grant project? What activities will be planned and carried out? How will these specific activities meet the needs of your context and help those involved with the project explore particular teaching and learning challenges? Include a timeline of activities envisioned. In addition, include a list of everyone directly involved with the grant project.
  • 5. Supportive Literature
    Briefly, describe what others have done when working with the pedagogical issues or question that you want to pursue. What literature have you consulted and how will that literature inform your project?
  • 6. Assessment, Evaluation, and Response
    How, when, and who will provide the midway assessment? How will you know if the grant activities are effective or whether the project should be revised? When the project is complete, how will you know that your objectives have been met? Who will be assessing what was learned? Who will be responding to what was learned, and how will they get this information? What connection will be made to a larger, public audience (if applicable)?
  • 7. Line Item Budget and Budget Narrative
    In consultation with your institution’s financial officer, build a budget to support the activities projected, delineating yearly estimates if requesting a multi-year grant. Provide a brief narrative in support of each line item expense. Make sure the budget is congruent with how expenses can be allocated at your institution.
  • Read:

Grant Budget and Expense Guidelines (pdf)

III. Institutional Letter of Support
A letter of support from the applicant’s dean or department chair indicating their support of the project and what they hope will happen at the school or within the department as a consequence of the grant. The letter should be signed on the institution’s letterhead. It can be scanned and attached to the online application.

Deadline for Proposals:
April 1, 2020

Read more about the Colloquy on Race Critical Consciousness
Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director, Wabash Center
(800) 655-7117

Wabash Center