Experience UBCO Access Excellence Fund

Fund Overview ($300,000 Amount)

The Experience UBCO Access Excellence Fund (EUAEF) is established to develop and grow initiatives aimed at increasing access and participation in post-secondary education for underrepresented and equity-deserving students.

By providing faculty and staff with funding to develop and grow initiatives that are targeted for specific youth, students and communities, the fund seeks to not only create access but also remove barriers that prevent underrepresented students from entering, fully participating and achieving success in post-secondary.

A secondary aim of the fund is to foster a culture of collaboration and partnership in the development and growth of initiatives, including partnerships with community organizations (e.g. school boards, non-profit organizations, etc.), UBCO student organizations and/or involvement of current UBCO students as part of the EUAEF proposal and project.

Read the terms and conditions

What is an Access Initiative?

  • Structured program, support, pathway, or outreach activity for underrepresented and/or equity deserving students that aims to create access and/or opportunity for continued learning at the post-secondary level;
  • Intentionally designed to facilitate access into, and progress through, post-secondary education;
  • Innovative, evidence-based, and targeted towards specific groups of underrepresented youth, students and communities;
  • Developed or grown in partnership with underrepresented students, youth or communities;
  • Creates access to and full participation in curricular, co-curricular and/or extra-curricular engagement opportunities that enhance students’ post-secondary education and experience;
  • Linked to UBC Strategic Plan, Inclusion Action Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan & UBCO Outlook 2040.

Examples of Access Initiatives currently underway across the Okanagan Campus include:

Examples of Equity Deserving Groups:

  • Black Students
  • Indigenous Students
  • Students of Colour
  • New to Canada (e.g. new immigrants, permanent residents, etc.) Students
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Students
  • Women in STEM
  • Students with Disabilities
  • First Generation Students
  • Students from Low Socio-Economic Status (SES) Backgrounds

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects must contribute to the university’s strategic objectives and create a positive impact within the community by:

  1. Building a new access initiative
  2. Increasing the reach of an existing access initiative, program or project
  3. Replicating, expanding, or adapting an access initiative with a track record of success

Funding Streams

Experience UBCO Access Excellence Fund supports two levels of grant activities.

  1. Launch Grant ($1,000-$10,000)
  2. Sustain Grant ($10,000 – $50,000)

This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for creating outreach opportunities and pathways to post-secondary education for equity deserving groups by either developing new project or scaling existing projects. Launch Grants are provided for a maximum of one (1) year. Sustain Grants are provided for a maximum of two (2) years.

Launch Grant

The purpose of the Launch Grant is to provide faculty and staff with funding to develop new access initiatives.

Term 1 year
Funding amounts $1,000 to $10,000
Application deadline Rolling

Eligibility Criteria

  • Represents new approaches and opportunities to learn;
  • Can be scaled;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain positive relationships with community partners i.e., non-profit agencies, school boards etc.;
  • Fosters collaboration across the campus;
  • Partnership with a UBCO student group and/or UBCO students; and/or
  • Provides experiential learning for underrepresented University of British Columbia Okanagan students through greater interaction with prospective students.

Sustain Grant

The purpose of the Sustain Grant is to provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to scale, grow or enhance an existing access initiative with a goal of demonstrating impact and achieving financial sustainability.

Term 1-2 years
Funding amounts $10,000 to $50,000
Application deadline July 30

Eligibility Criteria

  • Increasing the reach of an existing access initiative;
  • Replicating, expanding, or adapting an access initiative with a track record of success;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain positive relationships with community partners i.e., non-profit agencies, school boards etc.;
  • Fosters collaboration across the campus;
  • Partnership with a UBCO student group and/or UBCO students; and/or
  • Provides experiential learning for underrepresented University of British Columbia Okanagan students through greater interaction with prospective students.

Composition of Approval Committee

  • AVP Students
  • AVPS Finance Manager
  • 3 Student Services representatives
  • 1 Equity & Inclusion Office representative
  • 1 Aboriginal Programs & Services representative
  • 1 Student Recruitment & Advising representative
  • 3 Faculty representatives
  • 1 Student Union Okanagan representative

Application Process

The application process is conducted entirely online using the provided submission form. No hard copy or email submissions will be accepted. Please complete the following steps prior to completing the online application:

  1. Familiarize with the Experience UBCO Access Excellence Fund (EUAEF) aims and goals
  2. Download the EUAEF Template Proposal Form
  3. Download the EUAEF Budget Template
  4. Collect all of your information required within the two forms; and,
  5. Follow the link provided below in order to complete the online application process. Complete the EUAEF online application.

Apply for the EUAEF

Note on COVID-19

Given recent developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants should consider how in-person activities may be affected in the near future. We recommend that you address this in your proposal and highlight how you will implement your programming given these considerations.

Contact

Questions regarding the forms or the application process should be directed to the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students at avps.ok@ubc.ca.