DEADLINE: Monday May 15, 2017 at 12pm

APPLICATION: Application steps can be found at www.bestucla.com/application

Statement of Purpose: The Bruin Excellence & Student Transformation Grant Program (BEST) provides comprehensive support and development opportunities to social justice leaders at UCLA. The program accomplishes this by funding transformative student-centered projects that strive to improve campus climate for marginalized and underrepresented populations at UCLA. BEST will fund such projects for the 2017-18 academic year.

Project Scope: BEST supports transformative efforts of community leaders at UCLA working to address marginalization and inequity. Projects should support and uplift communities and/or advocate for equitable university and community policies and practices.

Successful projects should exemplify the following:

Successful projects must:

Funding FAQ:

How much funding can projects apply for?

BEST will fund up to 12 projects during the 2017-18 year. Projects may receive between $3,000 and $10,000 in funding, depending on their needs. In exceptional circumstances, projects with wider scope and mission may receive more than the $10,000. Proposals must demonstrate how funds will be used to create a new project or expand and/or transform currently existing projects. (UPDATE: A previous version of this document incorrectly stated the funding limit as $8,000)

What expenses does BEST fund?  

Projects funded through by BEST must follow UCLA policies. Generally speaking, we fund food, transportation, printing, and select rentals and services. The grant cannot cover salaries, equipment purchases, personal airfare and accommodations, excluding exceptional cases.

What if I have a specific expenses that are not listed above?

Contact BEST and we will let you know if the grant is able to fund other items.

What if funding needs change over the course of the project?

Funding should be consistent with the expenses outlined in the project proposal. However, changes can be made following consultation with your BEST femtor.

The BEST Story: BEST is the product of ongoing student, faculty, and staff activism and advocacy working to address inequalities at UCLA. A group of campus activists organized the Forum to Reclaim Diversity on April 23rd, 2015, linking conversations on changing campus climate, policies, and practices. Over 200 participants at the Forum echoed the need for transformative programming supporting marginalized communities at UCLA. Following the Forum, the organizers met with Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Jerry Kang, to discuss these concerns and to propose a new program that built upon existing campus resources. Thanks to the work of campus organizers and VC Kang, BEST was launched and had a successful pilot year. Entering the second year, BEST will offer expanded support and development opportunities to participants and the campus community.

CONTACT: Please address any questions to bestgrantsucla@gmail.com