Call for Proposals

Renovated Student Center

Co-curricular Programming for the University of Kentucky’s

The Division of Student and Academic Life invites all academic units to submit one or more proposals related to co-curricular programming as part of a set of year-long, university-wide programming initiatives planned for the 2018-2019 academic year.

This programming initiative involves an intentional plan aimed at making the renovated student center more than a building, turning it into the heart of campus – UK’s living room if you will. A set of student-driven programming initiatives has already begun around the theme of Building Community through Exploring Culture.  The goal of this initiative is to create a set of innovative, intentional, co-curricular programming activities that deepen the connections between our academic programs and the student center. 

We anticipate funding 10-20 projects on the order of $10,000 per project; however, larger grants may be awarded to support collaborative projects or particularly promising opportunities.

In order to foster innovative co-curricular programming that features human-centered design, we are organizing this work around design thinking methodologies.  We hosted a design thinking workshop that we hope will guide your efforts in this area, and we will continue to provide training and support in this area throughout the upcoming year.  

Student Center | Design Thinking Session

In order to indicate your desire to participate, please supply a letter of intent (1-2 pages) that includes:

1.     The academic program(s) that will participate in the co-curricular program.

2.     The general (high-level) theme of the co-curricular program.

3.     The expected outcomes, potential benefits and innovative aspects of the co-curricular program.

4.     Budget outline, including timeline, and opportunities for matching funds or resources.


December 1, 2017 – Letters of intent due, please use this form to submit via Qualtrics. 

December 15, 2018 – Invitations to submit full proposals.

January-February, 2018 – Design-thinking-based proposal development (with support from SAL and UK faculty experts).

March 1, 2018 – Final proposals due.

March 9, 2018 – Award notifications.