Guidelines and Criteria


Necessary for All Proposals

  • Employ peer-to-peer leadership and expertise to promote undergraduate student learning through the arts.
  • Instill a sense of the power of the arts to enhance understanding, build communities, and transform lives.
  • Create a significant impact on student life and learning at UM.

Proposals Should also Meet One or More of the Following Criteria

  • Expose undergraduate students to unfamiliar art forms and communities.
  • Utilize the arts as means of addressing challenging topics.
  • Increase understanding of or proficiency in the arts.
  • Involve diverse communities for cultural exchange.


  1. The Arts Initiative will consider funding requests for new programs and initiatives, as well as annual or recurring programs that are expanding the scope of their efforts.
  2. A single application can only request at most $1,000.
  3. The Arts Initiative is unable to fund the following:
    • food or beverages
    • transportation expenses for groups or guest artists
    • graduate student projects (our list of Other Funding Sources may be helpful to graduate students searching for funding.)
    • photography or videography of your project unless the documentation is integral to the project itself.
    • retroactive projects
  4. All projects must be open and accessible to the U-M community. We will not fund projects that exclusively cater to a select group of individuals or only to your members.
  5. Arts Initiative will not consider appeals from applicants regarding the rejection of their application, or the amount of funding their student group has been awarded. The decision of the Student Mini-Grant Review Committee is final.
  6. Arts Initiative expects that individuals and groups who receive funding will complete the required Student Mini-Grants Feedback forms. Failure to do so may compromise their student group's chances of receiving funding from Arts Initiative in the future.
  7. Arts Initiative expects student groups to include the Arts Initiative logos in all printed and web material (flyers, posters, programs, websites etc.) related to their funded activity.