FBE | MBSL Diversity and Inclusion Small Grants Program


FBE and MBSL are committed to fostering and enhancing a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion in the community of both faculties. Aligned with this commitment, the FBE/MBSL Joint D&I Committee is pleased to announce a small grants program to support staff and students who are interested in hosting or coordinating events that advance the vision of FBE and MBSL as trusted leaders in diversity and inclusion.

We invite applications for projects, activities, and events that advance diversity and inclusion within FBE, MBSL, and the wider University community for the 2023 academic year. Up to five grants, each up to $3,000AUD, will be awarded this year. The grants will be allocated on a competitive basis.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be a student or member of staff in FBE or MBSL, who will be enrolled and/or in a continuing or fixed term position until at least 31 December 2023. Applications may come from an individual or a group. Staff (including academics and professional staff) and students from diverse religious, cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, people with disability, Indigenous Australians and LGBTIQA+ staff and students are especially encouraged to apply.

Please note: Applications from students or student clubs must nominate a full-time staff member who works at FBE or MBSL to act as supervisor.

Application information

Applications for the 2023 grant round are now open. The deadline for submissions is 5 pm AEST, 15 May 2023.

Type of events encouraged

Funding will be given to events such as film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, cultural performance and other activities that build awareness, create space for all students and staff members to mark occasions of cultural significance, and create an inclusive and welcoming environment across the Faculty. Events that facilitate wide participation are especially encouraged. Events must be completed by 30 November 2023.

Cost covered by the grant

The grant can be used for the payment of any goods or services that support the event outlined in your application. This may include:

  • Venue and equipment hire
  • Printing / stationery / graphic design
  • Advertising
  • Payment of domestic guest speakers/performers
  • Travel costs associated with the activity
  • Catering
  • Exhibition costs

The grant cannot be spent on:

  • Goods and services provided by overseas suppliers
  • Salaries or teaching buyout
  • Activities/projects that will charge participation fees
  • Research
  • Learning and teaching projects
  • Retrospective funding for projects already underway or completed
  • The purchase of equipment

How to apply?

Complete the application form

In the application, information should be included in relation to:

  • Your name, division, and name/contact of your direct supervisor at the faculty
  • Student name, student number, program enrolled (UG, PG or Graduate Research), and name of the student club/association if applicable in case of a student or student club application
  • Name and email of the full-time staff supervisor in case of a student or student club application

The following questions should be addressed in the application:

  • The theme of the project and the timelines
  • How is the implementation of the project expected to contribute to advancing the vision of the faculty in cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture?
  • Direct evidence on the applicant’s capacity and capability of fulfilling the project
  • How will the faculty grant benefit the implementation of the project?
  • Briefly describe the need for your initiative, the anticipated reach of this project, its significance, and how the allocated funds will be used to achieve these aims.

Please note: Application outcomes will be communicated to the applicants by the end of June 2023.

If you have any questions about the Small Grants Program or application process, please email fbembsl-di@unimelb.edu.au.


We are inspired by the Small-Grants Program for D&I Activities established by the Faculty of Arts in creating this program.