The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program

The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program seeds and assists in the development of projects for two years to support and promote innovative ideas from across campus. 

Through an annual proposal process, the Women & Gender Collaborative selects projects that promise to produce long-term positive impacts for our campus community and serve the University's mission to make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn.

By partnering with sponsoring campus units, our goal is to provide each project with an institutional home that will support a project's continuation as a permanent program after its first two years.

Descriptions of the 2016-2018 funded projects can be found here

 The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program is made possible by the generous gift of an anonymous donor.

Grant-Funded Projects (2016-2018)

Through 2016-2018, the Women & Gender Collaborative will support five projects that were selected based on their potential to improve the campus culture and climate around gender for faculty, staff, and students.


HERS at CSU Women's Leadership Workshops

Drawing on over 40 years of experience with women’s leadership development, HERS is partnering with CSU to offer a new program for CSU women employees: HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops. Each year, this project provides foundational leadership and professional planning skills for 36 early-career women at CSU. The 2017 workshops will be delivered in three 2-hour seminars once a month in February, March, and April. The activities will include working with a mentor to complete a short project on campus that serves the University mission to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.

Women who have been working full-time in higher education for 1-6 years are invited to apply for the 36 spaces available for this program in Spring 2017. Deadline for the application is December 12, 2016. Apply here

The HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops are funded by the Women and Gender Collaborative and free for selected applicants. This program is also provided in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and the Office of Equal Opportunity.



Women in Science Career Issues

Since 2013, a small community of faculty and graduate students has been meeting to discuss gender bias in science careers. This project expands that work to encourage an open exchange of ideas and information among women and men in the sciences. In addition to providing an honest and supportive environment that fosters an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, the group works to promote career advancement and active problem-solving for those who are involved.


Women Veterans' Yoga Project

By offering free yoga classes to women veteran students at CSU through the New Start Program, this project provides opportunities to develop community, enhance health and wellness, and share resources among women veteran students. Yoga classes are offered twice a week and are tailored to address the specific needs of women veteran students.

Drop-in classes for women veteran students will run through the fall semester from October 4th - December 1st. Classes are on Tuesdays mornings, 7:00-8:30 am, in the Occupational Therapy Building (Room 103). 

If you have questions, call 970-491-2421 or email 

Man: Educate Yourself

This project engages campus administrators, managers, and supervisors in conversations, introspection, and appropriate action to assume a large measure of responsibility for creating learning and working environments that allow everyone to succeed. This necessitates open and honest conversations about how men enter and hold spaces of power and influence in offices, classrooms, meetings, work groups, and leadership positions. It also requires responsibility for speech, behaviors, attitudes, and decisions that affect the overall campus climate.

The first cohort will begin Spring 2017. For more information, contact Oscar Felix at (970) 491-6473 or by email at

Women Reading @ CSU

Building upon the success of last year's book club, this project is continuing on with a renewed focus on appreciating women's differences, intersectional identities, and diverse experiences. Every six weeks, participants discuss the books in small groups with other women employees at CSU. To support access and participation, books are available through the CSU Bookstore at a reduced price. Meetings also highlight the work of local women entrepreneurs who provide raffle items to give away at each book club meeting. 

Monday, Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Room 382: Years of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes

Tuesday, Nov. 15, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett

Thursday, Dec. 15, noon-1 p.m., Lory Student Center, Room 382: Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, by Eli Clare

For more information on how to RSVP and participate, read this SOURCE story.




In order to support and develop innovative ideas across campus that will produce long-term positive impacts around women and gender at CSU, the Women & Gender Collaborative will “seed” and assist in the development of projects to be implemented over the course of two years. It is anticipated that the two-year time frame will enable funded projects to acquire sufficient evidence of their success and impact, such that a compelling case could be made to seek long-term funding from other sources and secure the projects’ continuation after the first two years.

The Women & Gender Collaborative is willing to help interested individuals or units develop their project proposal ideas and/or clarify any details about the proposal process on Wednesday, June 8th, and Tuesdays, June 14th and 21st. Please contact Katie Esquivel if you would like to schedule a time to discuss your project idea.


All interested individuals, departments, and campus units are invited to submit a project proposal. Project proposals will be reviewed by members of the Women & Gender Collaborative Advisory Board. Selections for funded projects will be based on the following:


Applicants should articulate how they plan to implement their project over a two-year time period (for example, a series of workshops, an ongoing resource or program, planning of an annual event, etc.). This will provide ample opportunities for project leads to continually hone, develop, and adjust the project as necessary to ensure the highest quality and impact of the project from the first year into the second year.

See the Timeline section below for additional information.

Sponsoring Campus Partner

Given the two-year scope of these projects, it is expected that a sponsoring department, unit, or office will sign on as a campus partner to support with project implementation. Should the project secure funding to continue after the first two years, the sponsoring campus partner would assume full responsibility to support and oversee the project’s ongoing implementation and development. Interested individual(s) who are unable to identify an appropriate campus partner are still encouraged to submit a project proposal; please contact the Women & Gender Collaborative staff prior to completing the application for assistance in coordinating a sponsoring partnership.

Budget and Scope of Necessary Funding

Selected projects can be grant-funded by the Women & Gender Collaborative at a maximum of $12,000/year for two years. Project proposals that require less substantial funding will receive equal consideration to those that seek the maximum amount.

Each proposal must include a budget that accounts for anticipated annual expenses.

Regardless of the total amount needed to fund a proposed project, all applicants are encouraged to explore opportunities to secure additional or matching funds from other appropriate campus units. Explicit commitments for additional or matching funds will be required should a project’s success depend on more than the $12,000/year that is available through the Women & Gender Collaborative.

Project Objectives

Preference for funding will be given to project proposals that clearly demonstrate their ability to realize one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Intentionally develop, support, or produce long-term positive effects for women at CSU and/or broadly improve the campus culture and climate around gender
  2. Provide substantial leadership development and/or professional development opportunities for women (as both project leads, collaborators, and participants
  3. Encourage men to become actively educated, informed, and engaged with supporting a campus culture and climate of gender equity
  4. Incorporate an inclusive emphasis that responds to the particular needs of those whose gender identity intersects with other identity categories such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, culture, etc. (For example, project proposals might focus on needs of women of color, low income women, non-tenure track women faculty, single mothers, etc.)

Project Evaluation and Assessment

In addition to quarterly meetings with the Women & Gender Collaborative staff and end of the year reports, project leads will be responsible for conducting appropriate evaluation and assessment of the project.

Project proposals must include a plan for how the impact, quality, and value of a proposed project will be consistently evaluated and assessed in ways that will inform a project’s evolution and development over the course of two years.

Supervisor Support

While sponsoring campus partners provide an institutional “home” for a proposed project, sponsoring units will not necessarily be the primary home department or unit of the employee(s) who serve as project leads. However, because the successful implementation of projects will require a significant time commitment, project leads must have their supervisor’s expressed support to carry out the project to its completion.


Wednesday, May 25th, 2016: Call for Project Proposals released to Campus Community

June 8th, 14th, and 21st – Consultations for Proposal Development

Friday, July 15th, 2016: Deadline for Submitting Proposals

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016: Application Packets Given to Selection Committee Members

Thursday, July 28th, 2016: Selection Committee Meets to Discuss Project Proposals

July 28th – August 5th 2016: This time will be used for the Selection Committee to request additional information for projects, if needed/final selection process

Monday August 8th, 2016: Grant applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected

Grant winners should use the time between notification of their project being funded and the beginning of the fall 2016 semester to get things set to implement

August 22nd – 26th, 2016: Campus notified of winners; projects begin implementation for academic year 2016-2017

October 2016, December 2016, March 2017, June 2017: Quarterly update meetings with Collaborative staff (this will be scheduled with each project lead individually)

June 30th, 2017: End of the first year report submitted to the Women & Gender Collaborative

July – August 2017: Projects plan implementation for academic year 2017-2018

September 2017, December 2017, March 2018, June 2018: Quarterly update meetings with Collaborative staff

June 30th, 2018: Projects should be finished, funding exhausted, and a final report submitted to the Women & Gender Collaborative


The Collaborative staff is small but willing to help with some aspects of your project. The following will fall into the realm of Collaborative staff support:

  • Answering general questions and consulting on project development
  • Promoting projects through Collaborative communications (website, social media, etc.)
  • Payment of routine invoices and creation of payment documents as needed

The following does not fall within the realm of Collaborative staff support:

  • Large implementation or arranging of project details
  • Travel arrangements for leads or participants
    • Travel is administered on a departmental level for employees. If a proposal requires leads or participants to travel, the employee’s home department/unit will need to be networked with prior to submitting the grant application
  • If a proposal requires non-employee travel – such as a guest speaker, etc. – Collaborative staff will work with project leads to determine the best way to proceed

In order to help assess the progress of funded projects, quarterly meetings will be held with the project leads and the Collaborative staff. This will allow the Women & Gender Collaborative to see where it can help promote and support the projects, and provide opportunities for project leads to ask questions, seek advice, share new insights, process unanticipated challenges, etc.

Project leads should prepare a written update on their project to give to the Collaborative staff during quarterly update meetings. This will allow the Collaborative to report back to the anonymous funding donor and facilitate the archiving of funded projects as part of CSU History.

Leads of funded projects should be prepared to meet with the Collaborative Staff once a quarter as outlined in the timeline above.


Because of the sometimes complicated budget rules the University is required to follow (to which funded projects must also adhere), the Collaborative staff asks that project leads keep in close touch as budgetary decisions are made. Leads of funded projects should become familiar with the budgetary rules and be prepared to work with the Collaborative staff to make sure rules are not violated.


All proposals should include the following information. Please be as succinct as possible as you provide the selection committee with sufficient details to understand how you envision the proposed project.

Project Title:

Project Proposed by (list all individuals who will be responsible for the project’s implementation):

Sponsoring Campus Partner (note the department/unit where the project will be housed):

Project Lead Contact:

Phone Number

Briefly describe the project for which you are seeking funding. If applicable, identify the target audience(s) for your project and explain who would benefit the most from its implementation? (maximum 500 words)

Describe your project’s activities and how they fit into the grant project timeline. Include a projected timeline for one year.

Will you have additional or matching funds from another campus unit? Describe how the requested funds will be expended on an annual basis. Include a proposed budget that breaks down and articulates the expenses your project will incur each year.

How does your project advance the University’s mission to improve the campus culture and climate around gender and become the best place for women to work and learn? Which, if any, of the other aforementioned project objectives does your project meet? How so? (maximum 300 words)

How did you identify the need for this project? Is there any research available to further justify the need for this project? (maximum 300 words)

Are there other groups on campus that offer something similar to your proposed project? If so, how is your project different from that which already exists? What gaps does it fill? (maximum 200 words)

Beyond your sponsoring campus partner, are there any other individuals, offices, departments or entities with whom you will need to partner in order to successfully implement your project? If so, list each and briefly describe your plan for building the necessary partnership.

How will you evaluate and assess the success of your project?
Applicant(s) Agreement

I understand that if this proposed project is funded, I will be ready to implement and sustain the project in line with the approved timeline. I also understand that in addition to this application, additional information may be requested by the selection committee to further understand the logistics of the proposed project. I understand that if selected, I will be asked to meet with members of the Women & Gender Collaborative staff and will provide them with the needed quarterly update materials.



Signature of applicant(s)                  Name of applicants(s)                        Date



Supervisor Support

I am supportive of the above mentioned employee(s) submitting a project proposal for consideration. If selected, I understand and am supportive of my employee(s) implementing the project and using occasional work hours as agreed upon between the employee(s) and me, the supervisor. I also understand that my department/office staff may be asked to assist with certain aspects of the project that cannot be handled directly by the Collaborative staff, such as travel, if such is a part of the above project application.



Signature of applicant(s) supervisor           Name of applicant(s) supervisor                    Date



Sponsoring Campus Partner Agreement

I am supportive of the above mentioned employee(s) submitting a project proposal for consideration and understand that, if the project is selected for funding, my department/office is expected to support the successful implementation of the project through the first two years.

Should the project demonstrate significant value and impact in service of the University’s mission to improve campus culture and climate and make CSU the best place for women to work and learn, I understand that, as a leader of my department/office, I will be expected to advocate for and assume responsibility to oversee successful implementation of the project in the future.



Signature of campus partner         Name of campus partner                                   Date


Download the project proposal criteria and application packet here.