Diversity & Inclusion Small Grants Program

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Small Grants Program


The Faculty of Arts is committed to fostering a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion. Our vision is to be home to a dynamic, diverse and inclusive community of staff and students who are committed to achieving our full potential by working together and with our partners in a spirit of courageous generosity by 2025.

In keeping with this vision, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce a small grants program to support staff and students who are interested in hosting or coordinating events that further the vision of the Faculty.

We invite applications for projects, activities and events that advance diversity and inclusion within the Faculty and the wider University community for the 2022 academic year. This might include events that:

  • Highlight the value and significance of cultural or religious festivals or holidays across the Faculty’s diverse community
  • Showcase cultural activities that build awareness, celebrate diversity and create space for all students and staff members to mark occasions of cultural significance

The grant will be up to $3,000 and will be allocated on a competitive basis. Up to five grants will be awarded each year.

Application information

Applications for the 2022 grant round are now closed. The 2023 grant round will be announced at the start of next year.

Who can apply?

All current Faculty of Arts students and staff are eligible to apply for funding. Applications may come from an individual or a group.

Staff (including professional staff) and students from diverse religious, cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, people with disability, Indigenous Australians and LGBTIQ staff and students are especially encouraged to apply.

Type of events encouraged

Funding will be given to events such as film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, cultural performance and other activities that build awareness, create space for all students and staff members to mark occasions of cultural significance, and create an inclusive and welcoming environment across the Faculty. Events that facilitate wide participation are especially encouraged.

Cost covered by the grant

The grant can be used for the payment of any goods or services that support the event outlined in your application. This may include:

  • Venue and equipment hire
  • Printing / stationery / graphic design
  • Advertising
  • Payment of guest speakers/performers
  • Travel costs associated with the activity
  • Catering
  • Exhibition costs

The grant cannot be spent on:

  • Salaries or teaching buyout
  • Activities/projects that will charge participation fees
  • Research
  • Learning and teaching projects
  • Retrospective funding for projects already underway or completed
  • The purchase of equipment

2022: Awarded Projects

  • Soviet Movie Nights: Film Screenings and Book Launch (Dr Natallia Kabiak and Larissa Andreeva, School of Languages  and Linguistics)

This project engages students in the Faculty of Arts with well-known Soviet films, such as Anna Karenina (1967), The Prisoner of the Caucasus or Shurik’s New Adventures (1966), Autumn Marathon (1979), and The Most Charming and Attractive (1985). The project also celebrates the publication of Dr Kabiak’s textbook, «Любимые советские фильмы на уроке РКИ» (Favourite Soviet Films in Russian-as-foreign-language Classes, Flinta, 2022), which discusses three of these films. Russian snacks provided at each screening.

Participants at a Soviet film screening on 14 September, with organisers standing in the middle.Larissa Andreeva and Dr Natallia Kabiak with participants at the screening of The Prisoner of the Caucasus or Shurik’s New Adventures (dir. Leonid Gaidai, 1966), 14 September 2022.

Dr Natallia Kabiak holding up her textbook on Soviet filmsDr Natallia Kabiak with her recently published textbook on Soviet Films, Любимые советские фильмы на уроке РКИ. 14 September 2022.

Boxes of pirozhki on table in Forum Theatre.

Various types of pirozhki enjoyed by participants at the screening of Anna Karenina, 10 June 2022.

  • Cultural Events in the Didar: Stories of  Middle Eastern Manuscripts (Dr Leila Alhagh, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation)

In celebration of the Persian manuscript tradition, Arts West Gallery transformed with music, storytelling, and poetry. Highlights on the day included: Iranian traditional music performance by Maryan Parsi and Saterah Namatollahi, poetry reading by Amir Faraji and Seyed Emamifar, and exhibition storytelling with Leila Alhagh and Sophie Lewincamp.

Maryam Parsi and Setareh Namatollahi performing traditional Iranian music at DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court eventIranian traditional music performance by Maryam Parsi and Setareh Namatollahi at DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court event, 11 September 2022.

Six coordinators and performers at the DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court event standing in a row

Coordinators and performers of DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court event on the 11 September 2022.

Various types of bite-sized Iranian food and desserts served at DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court Event.Different types of Iranian food and desserts served at DIDAR: Arts of the Persian Court event. The food was prepared by women from the Iranian community.

Other awarded projects:

  • Korean Culture Week (Dr Adam Zulawnik, Asia Institute)
  • Queer-Muslim in Conversation (Prasakti Ramadhana Fahadi and Ulya Jamson, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies)
  • Decoding the Symbols of the Hanbok, Korean Traditional Clothing (Dr Sunyoung Oh, Asia Institute)