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Mini-Grant Call for Proposals

The UNC-CH Peer Support Core invites applications for mini-grants that advance peer support at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2023 June 16, 2023 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The vision of peer support driving this activity is a broad one, including formal programs and casual interactions that contribute to feelings of connectedness at UNC-Chapel Hill. Projects might focus on activities, resources, or even physical improvements that facilitate people connecting. Projects may focus on any or all of staff, students, and faculty.


  • Applications are open to all current students, staff, and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • The total funding available is $14,000 $24,000.
  • Awards may not exceed $5,000 without prior approval from the Core.
  • Only direct costs are allowed; no indirect costs.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that serve one or more high-priority student groups (BIPOC, first generation, LGBTQ+, international, low family income, military-affiliated and veteran, female-identifying in areas in which females are historically underrepresented, persons with disabilities)
  • Applicants may submit more than one proposal and are encouraged to work with the Core to develop proposals that have a high chance of being accepted.
  • Given the purpose of facilitating development of ongoing opportunities for connection and interaction, funding for single events will not be provided. One or several events with a clear plan for using these as part of broader efforts to encourage social connections will be eligible for funding.
  • Funding requests can be for ongoing activities – indeed this is desirable.
  • Funds may be used to cover conference and travel costs.
  • Funds may not be used to pay for food and beverages.
  • Funds must be spent by June 30, 2023 July 14, 2023.

Examples of Projects / Expenses


  • Setting up casual meetup spaces on campus (e.g., swing sets, sitting areas such as Adirondack chairs and benches, tents)
  • Inviting speakers to come on campus to give talks on campus mental health and peer support (possible collaborative project) as part of ongoing development of opportunities and structures for connection
  • Fees for training students, staff or faculty in skills which can then enhance programs
  • Event fees (e.g., room fees, speaker fees, incentives) as part of ongoing development of opportunities and structures for connection
  • Costs of developing or starting up ongoing groups around shared recreational, academic, or social interests
  • Conference registration and travel costs for presentations on topics related to peer support for college students
  • Fees for peer support / mental health trainings and workshops
  • Activity costs for expanding or enhancing an existing peer support program
  • Producing marketing materials for a peer support program
  • Combining arts and peer support
  • Costs for research project or independent study pertinent to expanding social connections or peer support on campus
  • Collaborations with community organizations or other college campuses

Application Documents

Call for Proposals

Application form


Applications must be submitted by email to with the subject line “Peer Support Core Mini-Grant Application”

Questions and Consultations for Applicants

Potential applicants may submit requests for clarification or draft proposal ideas to


Grant recipients will be required to submit a short final report no later than June 30, 2023.

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