Student Org. Grant for Diversity Programming

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Programs should address the following criteria:

  • Further the mission of the MESA
    • For example, programs should promote social justice education through the lens of race/ethnicity. This could be achieved through programs that focus on dialogue, identity exploration, cultural education/awareness, cross-cultural initiatives or community building that supports positive growth and relationships within the U-M community
  • Host events or programs that are open to the entire University community with an emphasis on providing programming for participants or an audience comprising currently enrolled U-M students
  • Demonstrate a strong educational component that is aimed at educating the broader community about a particular subject
  • Have the potential to significantly impact the student life experience at Michigan


  • $500 maximum per program
  • $1000 maximum per organization per academic year

In order to be considered for funding, your proposal must:

  • Be a registered student organization with an active University Fund Account through the Student Organization Account Service (SOAS) in good standing
  • Submit your application no later than 10 days prior to the event
  • Complete all sections of the online application fully including an itemized budget

Examples of funding: 

  • On-campus event or program supplies such as food, printing and space reservations
  • Performers including speaker honorariums and DJs
  • Travel for guest performers

Funding will not be given to:

  • Programs that do not comply with the law
  • Programs/events where alcohol is present
  • Individual students
  • Programs that have already occurred or are not happening during the current academic year
  • Events occurring off-campus
  • Programs submitted solely by student fee-generated groups, such as the Michigan Student Assembly, Residence Hall Councils, and school/college student governments. Proposals submitted in conjunction with Voluntary Student Organizations may be considered
  • Programs submitted solely by regental authorized student groups, such as the University Activities Center or Black Student Union
  • Programs promoting a political agenda
  • Programs for academic credit or class projects
  • Programs that judge individuals on physical appearance or talent
  • Religious services; note that educational programs centered on this identity are permitted
  • Travel for trips, conferences etc. off-campus
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity or fundraising efforts

MESA staff is available to help clarify and work with you prior to submitting a proposal. Please reach out to us at any time if you have questions at or call us at (734) 763-9044.

Please note that our funding application is an interactive process. You’ll be asked not only to submit an application, but to meet with MESA staff before and after your program. Please refer to the chart on the right to learn more about our process, and review additional criteria below.

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