Strategic Initiative Fund

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Throughout the five years of Charting Our Course, the Chancellor will commit a portion of the university’s general operating budget to invest in initiatives that advance one or more of the plan’s Impact Goals. This Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) will invest in innovations, collaborations and efficiencies that help achieve Charting Our Course’s Impact Goals and that demonstrate progress on the plan’s success indicators.

The Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC) coordinates the SIF proposal process, reviews proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Executive Budget Committee. When considering which initiatives it will recommend for funding the, SPCC will prioritize the following:

  • Proposals that support students and student success most directly,
  • Proposals with the most impact on one or more Impact Goals,
  • Proposals that effectively collaborate with internal or external partners, and
  • Proposals that have the most opportunity for lasting impact on our campus and community
  • Proposals that respond to UWT's recovery from the Coronavirus Pandemic and/or combat racial injustice and promote antiracism on campus

In addition, when reviewing proposals, the SPCC aims to create balance across campus units and Impact Goals to the degree possible.

Strategic Initiative Funding - Round 4

For the fourth round of Strategic Initiative Funding, we are encouraging project submissions that are in alignment with one or more of the 6 Impact Goals of the Strategic Plan. There is a cap of $10,000 per project, and projects should be completed by December 1, 2021.

Projects will be rated by the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee based upon the four criteria listed above. A separate committee, selected and approved by SPCC, will be formed to make award recommendations based upon the SPCC ratings. Those recommendations will be made to the campus Executive Budget Committee on December 14, 2020.

  • Deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2020
  • $100,000 in funding is available for SIF 4.0 projects
  • Award amounts will be up to $10,000
  • Minimum request amount is $2,500
  • No course releases
  • Budgeted salaries must include benefits
  • These are State funds, and must follow ALL UW spending policies and procedures
  • Proposals from currently funded SIF initiatives will be accepted, however, they must build upon and extend the current project and work toward sustainability.
  • Timeline for SIF 4.0
October 16 Announcement
As needed (Zoom)* Information Sessions
November 13 Submission Deadline
Nov 17 - Dec 8 Committee Review
December 15 Notification of Awards
January 1 Project Start Date
December 1 Project End Date
December 31 Final Reports Due

* Contact Joe Lawless to set up a Zoom call to answer questions (


If you need help filling out your application or budget, or have questions, please contact Joe Lawless, 253-692-5685 or

Strategic Initiative Funding - Round 1 Funded Projects

  • Arts Building Community
  • Collaborative Community Engaged Scholarship
  • Constructive Engagement Dialog Series
  • Designing Institutional Support for Community Engaged Work
  • Street Law and Urban Debate
  • New Student Collaborative Experience & Data for Building a Learning Commons
  • Prospective Student Dreams: Designing Rich Experiences Around Majors
  • Office of Student Advocacy and Suport
  • Transforming Global Learning Oportunities at UW Tacoma

Strategic Initiative Funding - Round 2 Funded Projects

  • Tacoma South Sound Mini Maker Faire
  • We Are UW Tacoma
  • Building Infrastructure for Open Educational Resources
  • Youth Engagement and Safety Training
  • UW Tacoma Podcast
  • Unlocking UW Tacoma Scholarly Work
  • Husky Post-Prison Pipeline Summit & Collaborative Planning
  • Mathematics Festival
  • Staff Professional Development Scholarships
  • Student Employee Appreciation Week

Strategic Initiative Funding - Round 3 Funded Projects

  • Formerly Incarcerated Student Leadership Institute
  • Student Employee Recognition Week
  • Staff Professional Development Scholarships
  • Mathematics Festival
  • UW Tacoma Leading for Equity & Diversity
  • Title IX Education & Response Program/Bystander Intervention Training
  • Collaborative Public Engaged Scholarship
  • Hands in Pan Videos to support The Pantry
  • Sustaining Momentum for Open Educational Resources 
  • Giving Garden Greenhouse