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Presidential Mini-Grants

Initiatives that Inspire Student Success and Degree Completion

Proposal Deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015

SGA Members with Senator Angus KingProposals are now being accepted for UMA’s 2015-16 Presidential Enrollment Mini-Grant Competition. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals to support student recruitment, engagement and success.

This year, $40,000 has been allocated for the mini-grant competition. Any faculty member, staff, or student group may submit an application. Mini-grant applications will be reviewed by the Mini-Grant Selection Committee composed of faculty, staff, and students. Mini-grants recommended for funding will be forwarded to the President’s Cabinet for final approval.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Potential impact on student recruitment, engagement and/or success,
  2. Strength of the project plan and stated outcomes, and
  3. “Wow” factor for imaginative and creative elements.

Student with arms raisedKeep the following points in mind. Mini-Grant proposals:

  • are considered to be one-time money, intended for projects with a short duration such as a single event/investment or a 6-8 month pilot program;
  • may be used to add to or enhance an existing event/activity;
  • that include a request for out-of-state or international travel must detail plans for matching support from other sources, such as student self-help, other grants, or departmental resources;
  • that require physical installation (e.g. electrical, plumbing, framework, etc.), must include a consultation with facilities to determine the infrastructure costs. These costs should be included in the expense category;
  • that include requests for personnel funding or stipends must include consultations with Finance and Human Resources to determine the hiring category and the cost of fringe benefits. Benefit costs should be included in the expense category;
  • may have their budgets adjusted by the Review Committee to facilitate efficient use of available funds;
  • need to have a budget manager and the support of a departmental purchaser. Grant recipients who are new budget managers are required to participate in budget management and GL inquiry training.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 2, 2015. Final decisions will be made by mid-October, and funds will be disbursed shortly thereafter. Awarded projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2015 (up to 8 months duration). 

PDF Mini-Grant Application

Word Format Mini-Grant Application

Grad shaking hands with Dean McAleerNOTE: After this competition, the cycle will shift to a spring competition thus allowing for summer planning and a full academic year for implementation. Watch for the 2016-17 competition announcement in February! 

For questions or further information, please contact: Ariel Cassista, Enrollment Services, 621-3350,


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