Call for Proposals: Mini-Grants to Advance Peer Support at UNC-CH

October 19, 2023

The UNC-CH Peer Support Core has launched their second round of mini-grants to advance peer support at UNC-Chapel Hill. In the last round of funding, they awarded over $24,000 to 17 campus groups.

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 physical improvements that facilitate people connecting. Projects may focus on any or all of staff, students, and faculty.

Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2024 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


  • Applications are open to all current students, staff, and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • The total amount of funding available is $30,000.
  • 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 generally not be provided. However, 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 15, 2024.

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 for 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
  • Collaborations with community organizations or other college campuses

Application Documents


Applications must be submitted by email to with the subject line Peer Support 23-24 Mini-Grant Application


Grant recipients will be required to submit a short final report no later than June 15, 2024.

Questions and Consultations for Applicants

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

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