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Mission Micro-Grant Program

Mico Grant FormNow in its ninth year, the Mission Micro Grant Program awards annual grants of up to $200 to any full- or part-time Detroit Mercy faculty or staff member in support of activities that promote Detroit Mercy’s mission of being a Catholic, Mercy, Jesuit, urban and student-centered university. You can find more on Detroit Mercy's mission statement on the mission website. The call for MMG applications occurs in September and awards are announced in November.

Why have a program like this?

  • Because we believe that our mission is something that lives most powerfully in the day-to-day lives and activities of our students, staff, faculty. and administrators.
  • Because we believe there are many different ways to be Catholic, Mercy, Jesuit, urban and student-centered.
  • Because we believe that creative grassroots-level explorations and promotions of the mission are a lot more likely to happen with seed money.

For more on the program, please take a look at the information below or contact program director Rosemary Weatherston at weatherr@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1083.

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    How to Apply

    The call for Mission Micro Grant applications occurs each September. The application process is very simple: Download, fill out, and send the one-page application form to Rosemary Weatherston, Mission Micro Grant Program Director, at weatherr@udmercy.edu.

    Mission Micro Grant funds are available throughout the entire academic year. Applications submitted by the October deadline will have the greatest chance of being funded. However, we know some of the best opportunities are discovered at the last minute. Therefore, you may apply for a mission micro grant after the deadline. If funds remain available, your application will be considered as quickly as possible. Please allow at least two weeks, however, for review of your application.

    Please note: the time period for which 2016-17 MMG projects and activities can receive funding has been aligned with the 2016-17 fiscal year. Thus, it is possible to apply for funding for projects that already will have taken place between July 1, 2016 and November, when grants are announced, as well as for projects that will take place from November through June 5, 2017. All projects/activities must be completed and all grant monies forms submitted by June 5, 2017.

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    Project Criteria and Examples

    There are only five criteria a project or activity must meet to be considered for a Mission Micro Grant:

    • The project or activity must promote one or more elements of Detroit Mercy’s mission.
    • You must personally be involved in the project or activity (no pass through funding of other people’s projects, please).
    • You must be employed by the University during the time the project or activity takes place.
    • The grant monies must be spent in the same fiscal year in which they are received.
    • You must be available to attend a working lunch in late August of the academic year in which you receive your grant. At this gathering you will meet with other grant recipients and the Micro Grant Program committee to discuss how your project/activity turned out.  

    What type of projects and activities can get funded?

    You tell us—what are you doing or want to do?

    • Invite a guest speaker to your classroom?
    • Purchase a digital camera to record the life stories of elderly immigrants in Metro Detroit?
    • Provide scholarships for local middle school students to take a computerized writing workshop?
    • Purchase coffee for weekly student discussions of mission related matters at the Grounds Coffeehaus?
    • Take Detroit Mercy students to a community lecture or arts exhibit?
    • Provide support for a baby crib design project for wheelchair access?
    • Cover the operating costs for a class project to provide energy audits to nonprofits?
    • Pay for the material costs for support workshops for local math teachers?
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    2016-17 Mission Micro Grant Award Projects

    Summaries of the 2016-17 MMG
    Proposals that Received Funding

    • Caren Bendes (Scholarship and Financial Aid): Food items for a Little Free Pantry open to the Detroit Mercy community
    • Jennifer Bowen (SOD Library): Oral health care books for elementary school partners of the Titans for Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic Program
    • Matt Chesley (University Services): A University Recreation lunch-and-learn event focused on health and wellness
    • Klaus Friedrich (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry): Student-led science outreach events at high schools in the Detroit Public School (DPS) system
    • Alan Grigg (Department of Education): Study materials for an intervention program to help prepare students for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC)
    • Gary Hillebrand (CES): Student-led publicizing of Sacred Heart Pediatrics, a new low-income pediatrics practice in the neighborhood of Livernois and I-96   
    • Janet Joiner (Department of Social Work): A “Digital Blackout” event and Competitive Walking Tournament to encourage the campus community to briefly abstain from the use of cell phones/mobile technologies and social media
    • Anita Klueg (University Ministry): “Soup and Substance” meals and speakers for each week of Lent
    • Andrea Kwasky, Kara Hanenburg, and Carmon Weekes (CHP / MSON): Refreshments for the MSON Freshman Success Seminars
    • Andrea Kwasky and Mary Serowoky (CHP / MSON): Campus presentation by speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Kara Nacarato and Amy Dereczyk (CHP / PA Program): Certificates and refreshments to thank clinical preceptors with extensive service to the Physician Assistant program and to recruit new preceptors
    • Florise Neville-Ewell (SOL): Law student-led town hall meeting to provide the Veteran community with information about landlord tenant issues, VA mortgages, and other housing and real estate related issues
    • Megan Novell (McNichols Campus Library): Computing supplies, materials for children, and emergency support for community patrons of the Library
    • Yasha Parvini (Department of Mechanical Engineering): Campus presentation on the environmental stewardship of electric vehicles and their use of supercapacitors
    • Lakeshia Richardson (Pre-College Programs): Winter wear for children in Detroit Mercy’s surrounding communities
    • Jennifer Ruel (CHP / MSON): Certificates of appreciation to thank clinical preceptors with extensive service to the Family Nurse Practitioner program
    • Mary Serowoky and Jennifer Ruel (CHP / MSON): Recruitment and training of undergraduate nursing students to serve as standardized patients for Family Nurse Practitioner students’ clinical exams
    • Annamaria Silveri and Rachel Bennett (Wellness Center / Personal Counseling): Equipment for use in weekly yoga sessions for student support and education groups
    • Virginia Stanard (SOA / Master of Community Development Program): Refreshments and publicity materials for community engagement meetings related to MCD students’ Capstone Community Development projects
    • Carmen Stokes (CHP / MSON): Guest speaker for a CHP employee engagement project
    • Carmen Stokes (CHP / MSON): Guest speaker and materials for a suicide prevention and peer-to-peer training initiative for urban youth
    • Linda Thiel (MSON): Celebration of Catherine McAuley Day on the Grand Rapids campus
    • Elaine Webber and Mary Serowoky (CHP / MSON): Simulation products to teach nursing and physician assistant students breastfeeding management
    • Jiawen Wang (Department of Education): Materials for game-based math instruction in Detroit Public School (DPS) classrooms
    • Yuping Yang (CBA / Office of Language & Cultural Training): Refreshments for International Hour meetings
    • Lisa Zessin and Christina Socha (Academic Affairs): Reading materials for a Detroit Mercy women’s prayer and study group
    • Kathleen Zimmerman-Oster (Department of Psychology / Institute for Leadership and Service): Guest speakers and Servant Leader Community Partner Recognition plaques for “Leadership:  Taking a Risk to Live the Social Change Model and Live the Dream!” event
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