Call for Student Project Proposals

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EDA Equity and Diversity in the Arts

Call for Student Projects

Winter 2020

Proposal deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019

The EDA Committee in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) is looking to fund creative student-led artistic and/or research projects for students enrolled in any program within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media.

What Is EDA?

EDA is an exciting new initiative based on a long-standing endowment partnership between the Federal Government and the University of Toronto. It is an integral part of the ACM and its mandate is to promote diversity of all kinds, including diversities of race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or identity, age, ability or disability, religion and aesthetic or traditions of practice. Through various kinds of student support, EDA aims to increase understanding across difference, to challenge social and institutional barriers to equity, and to empower students to champion diversity in their professional pursuits.

Eligible Projects and Grant Amounts

Eligible projects include new individual or collaborative student projects from across the ACM Department that help to further the aims of the EDA mandate. Projects can be creative and/or research oriented and from any discipline. EDA funds a number of placement bursaries for Arts Management students, for which there is a separate call. Students are eligible to receive funding if they are officially enrolled as full-time or part-time students in an ACM Program in the Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms. Students may submit only one application. If you are part of a collective, one person needs to be named as the lead applicant.

Students can submit grant requests for up to $1,000. Project funds must be spent by April 1, 2020.

2019-2020 EDA Committee

Yael Brotman (ACM Faculty), Elliott Leffler (ACM Faculty), Lynn Tucker (ACM Faculty, EDA Chair), Sherry Yu (ACM Faculty), Angela Tran (ACM Communications), and Manolo Lugo (ACM Programming and Events), and a student representative will evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding to the ACM Chair.

Proposal Materials

  1. A 1 to 2 page proposal describing your project that includes:
    • A clear description and rationale of the project
    • A description of how the proposed activity serves the EDA mandate (see description above). The committee is looking for elements in the proposal that show clearly articulated and unique attempts to open up or broaden dialogue and communications with under-represented groups
    • A timeline with a completion date
  1. A 1-page balanced budget (expenses and funds must be equal) with the amount requested from EDA other funding sources, and project expenses.


Amount requested from EDA:              

Important: Make sure your budget is balanced.




EDA Student Project Grant



Any additional funding sources










Performance rights



Artwork Supplies



Equipment rental



Printing materials/costs


E.g marketing materials




  1. Support materials that may include one or more of the following depending on the nature of the proposal:
  • A writing sample, no more than 10 pages. This can be a research paper, proposal, script, etc.
  • Documentation of a creative project in any discipline. Documentation formats may include:
    • Up to 10 images combined into a multi-page PDF document (20 mb total)
    • Up to 5 minutes of video documentation in Quicktime format
    • A completed or work-in-progress game
    • Audio file in aiff or mp3 format
    • Other material appropriate to your project
  1. 1-page document that provides details about your support materials
  2. If your project involves research or field work that involves human subjects, please submit a completed UTSC Ethics Review Board approval. To start this process please email: Please plan ahead as this process may take time.

Proposal Submission Details

  • Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5pm
  • Please combine your proposal materials into a single PDF.
  • Please label your PDF in the following way: “EDAStudentProposal_LastName_FirstName”
  • Submit proposal PDF to with the subject heading “LastName FirstName EDA Student Proposal”
  • Documentation in non-PDF formats should be submitted via: with the subject heading “LastName FirstName EDA Student Proposal Support Materials”

Final Report

Successful applicants will be expected to submit a Final Report after the completion of their event/project, or after grant funds have been spent.