UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grants

Website: UW Resilience Lab


In partnership with the Campus Sustainability Fund, the UW Resilience Lab awards seed grants to support resilience and compassion building initiatives that foster connection and community. These small grants support impactful activities, programs, projects, and/or applied research that align with the following goals:

  • To cultivate kindness, compassion, and gratitude toward each other and ourselves.
  • To engage hardships, setbacks and failures with compassion and vulnerability, and as rich opportunities for learning and growth.
  • To foster connectedness, belonging and community.
  • To illuminate the connections between group or personal identities (cultural, racial, ethnic, gender, etc.) and the sustainability of the UW community and environment.

Students, staff and faculty — including administrative and academic units — are encouraged to apply for seed grants to fund applied research, workshops, retreats, activities, faculty-invited speakers, or other events tailored for students, faculty, and staff that directly support the above stated goals.


Students, staff and faculty — including administrative and academic units — are encouraged to apply for seed grants to fund research, workshops, retreats, activities, faculty-invited speakers or other events tailored for students, faculty and staff that directly support the stated goals.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented
  1. Completed application form.
  2. Project proposal (no more than 2 pages, single-spaced in length) including:
    1. Brief background describing the theoretic and/or empirical justification for your proposed project.
    2. Brief description of your proposed project, including clearly delineated goal(s) or aims(s).
    3. Brief description of how you will evaluate whether or not your project met its intended goals and created impact in the UW Community.
    4. This year's Seed Funding is a collaboration between the Resilience Lab and Campus Sustainability Fund — we’re interested in seeing applicants be creative about how projects connect the “Health and Well-Being” Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to one or more of the other 16 SDGs. We ask you to articulate connections between your proposed project and the other 16 goals.
  3. A detailed, line-item budget proposal of how the funds will be used, see Resilience Seed Grant Budget form. Please include a description of matching funds and/or any additional funds to support your project as applicable.
  4. (Optional) Letter of support from appropriate unit lead (e.g. person holding chair, dean or VP-level roles) or letter from a faculty or staff adviser/mentor for student-led applications.

Submit the above materials in the order listed to farrellw@uw.edu as one PDF document.

Contact Information

Resilience Lab


Mary Gates Hall Rooms 220