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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. Any undergraduate U-M student can apply for a grant for their own project, or as part 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

If you have applied as a student organization, you must have an SOAS account to be awarded funding, as funds are transferred directly from Arts at Michigan to your SOAS account. If your project is not part of a student organization, you will be asked to speak to your department's financial administrator, who can 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.

Already Received Funding?

Your feedback is very important to us. It helps us see how well our funded programs are received on campus and the effects they have on the university population. If you were an applicant to or particpant in the program, please fill out a feedback form.


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! To be eligible during a cycle, your application must be received before the Application date of that cycle, and your proposed event/activity must be scheduled for a date after the Notification date. We are not able to fund retroactively.

CycleApplication DeadlineNotification Date
Fall 2015 AFriday, September 18, 2015Friday, September 25, 2015
Fall 2015 BFriday, October 30, 2015Friday, November 13, 2015
Winter 2016Friday, January 15, 2016Friday, January 29, 2016
Spring 2016Friday, February 19, 2016Friday, March 4, 2016

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