Project Inspire Grants

Project Inspire Grants supports student organizations that seek to provide local K-12 students with an opportunity to learn about higher education while encouraging them to broaden their personal post-secondary education goals.

Focus Areas

CEO encourages grant applications from student organizations for outreach projects and activities focused on:

  • Information & Exposure: Programs provide educational information and expose the K-12 population to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.
  • Talent Development: Programs focus on developing academic interests and abilities among students for specific fields or disciplines (i.e. Engineering, Writing, Mathematics, etc.).
  • Educational Enrichment: Programs support existing educational pursuits, including tutoring programs, SAT preparation, field experiences, accelerated learning, career exploration, etc.
  • Leadership Development: Programs assist students in developing and honing leadership skills that will help them to be successful in post-secondary education.

Terms and Conditions

  • All organizations receiving funding must be recognized Sponsored Student Organizations (SSO) or Volunteer Student Organizations (VSO).
  • All recipients are required to acknowledge support from the U-M Center for Educational Outreach on all publicity materials.
  • All organizations receiving funding must be in compliance with the University Policy on Minors and be able to provide proof of compliance prior to event. For more information about the University Policy on Minors, visit Children on Campus.
  • At the time of notification of award, recipients must complete a standard reporting form that includes an itemized budget.
  • All recipients must submit a final report within 15 days after the conclusion of the event or activity, accompanied by receipts or proof of purchase for all budgetary items.
  • The maximum yearly grant award total is $500 per student organization, except in specific cases of special need.

Priority will be given to:

  • First-time applicants
  • Well-written grant proposals
  • Proposals of merit that assist in creating a pipeline for K-12 to higher education
  • Innovative programs

Funds will not be provided for:

  • Organizations with a consistent base of substantial funding (e.g. Michigan Student Assembly or Project Serve)
  • Personal requests ( i.e. Alternative Breaks, conference attendance)
  • For-profit events

How to Apply

  1. Submit a proposal
  2. All applicants will be notified via e-mail of the funding decision within 10 business days of their submission.
  3. If awarded funding, applicants must respond and accept funding within 3 business days of the award.
  4. Upon receipt of award acceptance applicants will be provided with next steps via e-mail.

For more information about Project Inspire Grants, please contact:

Sheri Samaha
Outreach Program Manager
734-615-5241
sridout@umich.edu