Anti-Racism Student Action + Response (ARSAR) Fund

The purpose of the Anti-Racism Student Action + Respond (ARSAR) Fund is to provide funding for students who are actively promoting racial justice and anti-fascist actions in their creative, activist, and/or everyday work.

The ARSAR Fund will support and enhance student-led dialogue, foster conversations around justice and inclusivity, and will support institutional and social change during the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms. Ten to 20 awards of $500 or $1,000 are available. Applications are open until December 4, 2020.

What projects and initiatives can be funded?

The ARSAR Fund is intended to be open, to support an array of activities. Eligible funded activities may take the form of:

  • Costs affiliated with student led programming and events
  • Materials for creative work and cultural production openly defined. This can include materials and costs associated with socially engaged campaigns, creation of anti-racist protocols and platforms, text-based projects, artworks, designs, podcasts, films and media, etc.
  • Professional development and workshop fees affiliated with anti-racist and social justice work
  • Costs affiliated with mutual aid, community organizing, radical education and advocacy work
  • Costs associated with hosting student-led events
  • Costs needed to offset equipment and technology costs
  • Travel costs (pending COVID-19 restrictions)

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate and graduate ECU students, and 2020 alumni.
  • These funds are reserved for individuals who self-identify as BIPOC. For the purposes of these awards, the term BIPOC is intended to encompass a variety of diasporic and racialized identities. Any current undergraduate, graduate student, or recent 2020 alumni who identifies as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour is invited to apply.
  • Students may apply as individuals, or in a group of two or more.
  • Student clubs and student-led organizations also eligible.

Evaluation + Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of BIPOC students, faculty, and staff. In their application materials, students will need to address:

    • how feasible their project is;
    • how will their project impact the ECU community and beyond;
    • and how the funding will support the growth and development of the applicant(s)

Info Sessions:

If you missed the info sessions on October 29 and November 18, you can watch a recording here.

How to Apply:

Applicants will need to fill out the application form below, and submit it by December 4, 2020.

Apply for the ARSAR Fund