Wyoming Remember the 8 Mini-Grant
Request for Proposals
Purpose and Description of Wyoming Remember the 8 Mini-Grants
In 2001, eight UW student athletes tragically lost their lives when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. To honor the memory of these students, an alcohol awareness endowment has been established through the UW Foundation, a 501c3. In November 2013, First Lady Carol Mead will lead a team of 10 marathon runners in the New York City Marathon. Runners will raise funds that will be donated to this Wyoming Remember the 8 endowment. These funds will go toward mini-grants with the purpose of supporting students and student organizations from the University of Wyoming, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming high schools in taking leadership roles to prevent the misuse of alcohol.
The A-team will administer the Wyoming Remember the 8 mini-grants. The A-Team is a University of Wyoming campus/community coalition comprised of UW students, staff, faculty, administrators, law enforcement, and community members. The mission of the A-Team is “to develop, recommend, and assess best practices in policy, prevention/intervention, and enforcement to reduce underage drinking and excessive alcohol use.” The A-Team was formed in 2002 after an executive charge was put forth by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Accomplishments of the coalition have included:
- Student involvement in alcohol discussions and decisions
- Improved communication between students, departments, and agencies on alcohol issues
- Policy recommendations to Laramie City Council and UW administration on alcohol-related issues
- Providing consultation and support for campus initiatives and programs
Harm Reduction Philosophy
UW promotes the safe, legal, and responsible use of alcohol through a comprehensive, harm reduction approach. A harm reduction approach is a public health alternative to the moral/criminal and disease models of drug abuse and addiction, or the fear-based and “just-say-no” approaches to alcohol use that have been found to be ineffective. It recognizes that, if equipped with accurate information, skills, and support, that students can reduce or eliminate harms associated with the misuse of alcohol.
The Wyoming Remember the 8 Mini-Grant Competition is open to student organizations (i.e. RSOs, student governing councils, resident hall communities, fraternities, sororities) and student researchers from the University of Wyoming, Wyoming community colleges, and Wyoming high schools.
Proposals should be for events or programs that are alcohol-free, have an educational component, and are aligned with the harm reduction philosophy and mission of the A-Team. Proposals will also be accepted for college student research projects that aim to understand, develop, and/or test solutions to collegiate alcohol abuse.
Award Amounts and Timelines
Mini-grant awards are variable, depending on current funds. However, in general, awards may range from $100-$250. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, depending on availability of funds. There is no application deadline. Applicants will be notified approximately two weeks after receipt of proposal. No applicant may receive more than one grant per academic year.
Proposals for funding must include the following information:
- Project Description
- Educational goal of event/activity/research project
- Logistical details (date, location)
- Target population
- Promotional plan
- Total budget for proposed event/activity/project (itemize expenses)
- Amount requested from A-team
- Amount of matching funds (can include in-kind funds, donations, funds secured by other organizations)
- Minimum of one letter of endorsement (from a UW administrator, faculty member, staff member or advisor) ***Additional letters of support can be provided but are not required
Evaluation of Proposals
Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Quality of proposed event/program, research project (timely, feasible, educational component)
- Tied to A-Team mission
- Supports UW’s “harm reduction” approach to alcohol education
- Measurable impact
- Does not incorporate scare-tactics
How to Submit
Email all application materials to Lena Newlin: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com.
Within one month after the project/event/activity is completed, provide a 1-2-page description of the project including the following information:
- Project description, which details what happened, who and approximately how many people attended, and how the funds you received helped it happen
- Perceptions of the project/event/activity from participants (if available) and also from yourself. Was it successful? What did it achieve?
- What lessons did you learn in the planning and implementation of this project/event/activity?
Successful applicants will also be required to present a 10-minute report on the project/event/activity to the A-Team, which meets on the first Friday of every month.
For questions, please contact:
Lena Newlin, MPH, CHES
Coordinator, AWARE Program
Assistant Director, University Counseling Center