No. Arts at Michigan is unable to fund graduate student projects, our list of Other Funding
Sources may be helpful to graduate students searching for funding.
No, SMG's are only for upcoming projects. The date of the event must occur
after the given notification date to be considered for funding. Applicants are
encouraged to apply early.
The committee will consider awarding an organization or applicant up to two times
per academic year, as long as each application is significantly different from any
previous projects that were funded. An exception to this are organizations who produce
numerous independent projects under a single group heading (i.e., Basement Arts,
Performance Ark, etc..). In these cases, we will limit our consideration to up to two
awards a year per student, not per organization.
We do not provide general funding for applications for large annual events that are not
centered around art. We may consider funding specific expenses that relate directly to the
arts, like the cost of a specific performer or arts feature. These items should be clearly
outlined in the budget section, and answers to questions in the application should apply
directly to these components, and not just to the larger event.
Yes, you can, although additional restrictions apply to projects that plan to make a donation to charity.
Please indicate on your application if this is your intention. You may also have to set up a Designated
Fund (DF) account, in addition to your regular SOAS account, for your specific charitable cause. For more
information about setting up a DF account call SOAS at (734) 763-5767.
The maximum amount of an SMG award is $1,000. In the past several years, the average award has between $300-$400,
and approximately 60% of applicants have received a grant for some amount.
1. Write it as a Word document first. Have other people in your student group (or a friend, roommate, etc.) proofread it.
Ask them if they understand what you've written and if they would award you a grant based on the application.
2. Write it ahead of time and bring it in to us — we're always happy to look over potential applications and make suggestions
for improvement. You can also call us at 734.764.6413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
3. Look at the Sample Application on our website.
4. Keep the application succinct and to-the-point.
5. Try to answer all the optional fields and questions.
6. Make sure your math and budget add up.
7. Never ask for more than $1,000. It shows us that you haven't read our guidelines.
8. Provide a detailed, itemized budget. It demonstrates that you've done your research and have a solid plan
to move forward with your project.
No. Once you have submitted your application online you will not be able to access it again. We recommend that you
save a copy of your application as a Word document so that you can reference it easily in the future.
Whether or not your application has been awarded funding, you will be notified by e-mail on or before the appropriate
notification date. Click here for the exact notification dates.
While the committee is willing to consider applications for projects happening off-campus, it is a requirement that your
project be open and accessible to the U-M community. Funding will not be given to projects happening in venues that will
not be easily accessible to U-M students.
We require you to use the Arts at Michigan logo in all printed and web material (flyers, posters, programs, websites etc.) related to your
funded event. The applicant is required to complete the Student
Mini-Grant Feedback form, as well as solicit feedback from activity participants.
Grant recipients will also be asked to submit information about their project to Arts at Michigan for inclusion on our arts calendar, and any links
to documentation of your project as they are available. You are also responsible for informing us of any major changes in your planned activity
(i.e. change of date, time, venue, name).
Sorry, the decision of the Student Mini-Grant committee is final. As decisions are made at a meeting of the members of the committee,
we cannot consider appeals for funding.