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Student Mini Grants (SMG)

Arts at Michigan provides the first funding program at the U-M dedicated to supporting undergraduate initiatives in the arts. Student Mini-Grants funding supports arts and cultural projects that have a significant impact on campus life. Find out what kinds of projects received funding in the past.

What is a Student Mini-Grant?

A Student Mini-Grant (SMG) is a monetary grant of up to $1000 to support student-led arts initiatives. Those who can apply include any undergraduate U-M student, staff or faculty member on behalf of an undergraduate student organization. For groups that are not formally registered MSA organizations, a sponsoring U-M department is required. Check out the FAQs and SMG Guidelines for more detail about the program.

How can my group get a Mini-Grant?

To qualify for a SMG someone from your student group must complete a formal application in which they describe how the groups proposed project fulfills the SMG Criteria. Applicants must also provide a detailed budget for the project. To see what an excellent application looks like check out the Sample Application. Please note that Student Mini-Grants are limited to undergraduate student groups, check out Other Funding Sources for organizations that provide funds to graduate students, staff and faculty.

Funding Process

You must have an SOAS account to be awarded funding, as funds are transferred directly from Arts at Michigan to your SOAS account. You may also use departmental chartfields to have funds transferred directly to a sponsoring department. If you are awarded funding, we will send a record of the transfer to SOAS or your departmental administrator, through whom you will be able to access your funds. If your event involves a donation to charity you must have a Designated Fund (DF) account, in addition to your regular SOAS account, set up for your specific charitable cause.


Understanding and agreeing to the guidelines is the first step. We also suggest that all applicants read our criteria and FAQ before they begin applying.


SMG Applications will be reviewed four times annually. When applying, please make sure that your event takes place well after the notification date. We do not provide funding for events that have already occurred so we encourage you to apply early!

DeadlineDateNotification Date
Fall 2013 AFriday, September 20, 2013Friday, September 27, 2013
Fall 2013 BFriday, November 1, 2013Friday, November 15, 2013
Winter 2014Friday, January 17, 2014Friday, January 31, 2014
Spring 2014Friday, February 28, 2014Friday, March 14, 2014

Already Received Funding?

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