Michigan Library Student Mini Grants

A selection of images from Student Mini-Grants projects.

Students can receive up to $1000 to support innovative and collaborative projects that make a real-life impact. Projects must strengthen community partnerships, enhance global scholarship and/or advocate for diversity and inclusion.

The library is your perfect partner every step of the way — with personalized training and support from library mentors, as well as direct access to world-renowned research collections and state-of-the-art design and technology labs, studios, exhibit galleries, and collaboration spaces.

Questions about Student Mini Grants? Contact Amanda Peters (arforres@umich.edu).

Application Process

Funding is available for currently enrolled University of Michigan – Ann Arbor undergraduate and graduate students who are completing projects after the application deadline and notification date. Applicants must be in good academic standing and enrolled for both the fall and winter terms. Applicants may request funding for an individual (self), team (2 or more students) or registered student organization project. For team or registered student organization projects, select the applicant who will be the primary contact person for meetings with the library mentor. The following is required:

  1. Applicant & project information
  2. Project Budget
  3. Upload a detailed line item budget that shows specifically how the funding request will be used. See sample project budget (Google Sheet).
  4. Letter of Support
  5. Upload a letter of support from a U-M faculty member or sponsor, who is familiar with your project. See letter of support instructions(Google Doc).
  Application Deadline   Friday, September 29, 2017
  Notification Date   Friday, October 20, 2017

Support & Training

Grant recipients are matched with a library mentor and must meet at least once a month to review project needs and progress. Library mentors provide support and identify the best library and campus resources and services to help you achieve your project goals. Meeting schedules will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Grant Requirements

  • Meet with your assigned library mentor at least once per month. In order to receive funding, at least one meeting with your mentor must have occurred.
  • Submit a 3-5 page final report that summarizes your experience, along with a final itemized budget.
  • Present on your project to relevant campus partners towards the end of Winter Semester.
  • Include U-M Library logo and/or name on print and digital materials (e.g., emails, digital signs, flyers, posters, event programs, websites) related to funded project.
  • Complete feedback survey (end of winter term).

Failure to meet requirements above may compromise the chances of the applicant, registered student organization, or team to receive funding from the U-M Library in the future.

Funding Guidelines

  • Each applicant may request a maximum of $1,000.
  • Only one application per project will be accepted.
  • Projects must be open and accessible to the U-M community.
  • Funding will only be awarded to an individual applicant, team or registered student organization up to two times per academic year.
  • We are unable to fund student stipends/salaries, computers/tablets, or retroactive projects.
  • We will consider funding software, equipment, and travel requests on a case-by-case basis. Refer to guidelines below. Receipts may be required.
    • Computer software may be supported only if it is not currently provided through Campus Computing Sites or the Knox Center.
    • Equipment may be supported, but will be considered University Library property and must be returned following the experience.
    • Travel requests may be supported, but must adhere to university guidelines.
  • Proposal review committee decisions are final. Appeals will not be accepted.
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Funds Disbursement

  • Individuals: Grant award disbursed as financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid. We recommend individuals sign up for direct deposit (Wolverine Access > Student Business > Payroll and Compensation > Direct Deposit) to get funds directly deposited into their bank accounts. Those who do not sign up for direct deposit will get checks mailed to their current address (Wolverine Access > Student Business > Campus Personal Information > Addresses). Please be aware that accepting any award, prize or gift may impact your financial aid. The value of any such award must be reported to the U-M Office of Financial Aid. Questions? Email financial.aid@umich.edu or call 734-763-6600.
  • Student teams: Funds are only issued to one student on the team (grant applicant). See details above for individual funds disbursement.
  • Registered student organizations: Funds are issued through a journal entry into the group’s SOAS account.

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