American Democracy Project
Each academic year, assuming funding is available, the American Democracy Project (ADP) at University of Central Missouri invites interested faculty, staff and students to submit grant proposals consistent with ideals of ADP. There are no restrictions on the format of proposed projects. The grant provides funding for activities which help to encourage, promote, and/or develop civic engagement at UCM.
Faculty, staff, and student organizations may apply for the grant.
Applicants may apply for up to $1500; applications for smaller amounts are welcome. (A faculty member, program, organization, and/or office may only receive one grant per year.) Funding may be used for instructional materials, printing and advertising, travel expenses, speaker’s honorariums and other such costs directly related to the project; funding is not provided for stipends, incentives, food, or clothing or for any materials bought prior to the award of this grant.
The proposed project should promote ideals of the American Democracy Project and encourage, promote, and/or develop civic engagement at UCM. Focus on students and their development must be initiated and completed within a year of receiving funding.
Grant recipients will be required to submit a summary of project results, including any collaboration achieved (In addition, grant recipients may be asked to give a presentation at a ADP campus conference or at another ADP event.)
Applications are reviewed by the ADP Steering Committee.
The 2014-2015 call for proposals will come out in October and be due in November.
2013-2014 Grant Recipients
Ashley Busick, Help provide low-cost nutritional meals for those in need
Ashley Lagrand, Eliminating substandard living conditions through adequate housing
Ashley Wellman, Developing male student-led organization for bystander intervention during potentially violent situations
Barbara Mayfield, Help Thrive students learn more about government and political process
Beth Rutt, Creating an outdoor learning environment where students can grow own food
Caroline Evans, Alex Engart, Motivate community to learn more and help prevent sex trafficking
Derek Bechtel, Inspiring sustainable methods of use and recycling
Dr. Greg Turner, Teaching students with special needs to advocate for funding
Dr. Joe Moore, Purchasing video equipment which would allow students to film and produce news packages for various media outlets
Dr. Marlys Peck, Dr. Theresa Gordon, Allowing students to assist at the Warrensburg Head Start Program
Dr. Nancy Montgomery, Dr. Julie Hentges, Establish connection between charter school in Kansas City and Central Missouri for communication disorders
Kailea Bogner, Allowing members to attend Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
Kimberly Stewart, Help pay students assisting in BAGS (Books and Good Stuff) literacy project
Kristie Brinkley, Educating Central Missouri and local community about importance of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Mackenzie Martin, Showcasing speakers during Political and Social Justice Week
Mark Bliss, Researching political participation of homeless individuals in Johnson County
Melissa Abner, Donna Bodenhamer, Creating clothing items out of sustainable material that would have gone to a landfill
Natalie Fajardo, Promoting cultural awareness during Unity Week
Ryan Cannon, Show Me Justice Film Festival
2012-2013 Grant Recipients
Amy Billups, Changing Lives One Spring Break at a Time Rehabilitation of Substandard Living Conditions
Angela Richards, Precious Knowledge Showing
Ashley McCullough, Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project
Jayme Mattson, Saturday Stories and Sandwiches
Jean Nuernberger, 2013 Missouri Association for Social Welfare Student Advocacy Day
Robynn Kuhlmann, Politics and Social Justice Week: Equality, Diversity, and Justice
2011-2012 Grant Recipients
Kristie Brinkley, Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project 2012
Megan Coakley, Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions
Karen French, Martin Luther King, Jr. Issues Forum "From Civil War to Civil Rights"
Michelle Magee, Show Me Justice Film Festival
Julie Mollenkamp and Benjamin Cohen, Voices of Occupy
Nancy Montgomery, Facilitating Early Language and Literacy Skills in At-Risk Preschoolers
Joe Moore, Journalism and a Democratic Society in the 21st Century
Marylis Peck, Communication and Sociology
Joy Stevenson, Missouri Legislative System and Missouri International Education Day 2012
2010-2011 Grant Recipients
Tom Burden, Environmental Education Center Recovery Project
Jessica Campbell, Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions
Melissa Freiburger, The Motherhood Project
Barbara Mayfield, Learning to Be a Voter
2009-2010 Grant Recipients
Rachel Brown, Breakers Alternative Spring Break
Jason Cole, Mother's Nature Son (documentary film)
Kathleen Desmond, Ellen Dissanayake lecture
Wendy Geiger, Oxfam Hunger Banquet
Delia Gillis, 5th Biennial Africana Studies Symposium
Jeffrey Imboden, Jen Chapin lecture and performance
Alex Klang, Politics and Social Justice Week
Melissa Looper, Earth Day Service Project
Kiley Moody, John Hope Bryant Kickoff to Leadership Month (Impact)
Donald Wallace, Homeland Security: Global & Domestic Perspectives, An International Academic Conference
2008-2009 Grant Recipients
Dr. Wendy Geiger: Service Learning – Using Students to engage their peers: The case of hunger in the community and the World.
Dr. David MCandless: Kiosk at Blind Boone Park
Dr. Don Wallace: Plenary Session Speakers at the March 29-30, 2010 UCM Homeland Security Conference
Ashley Zerrer, President of Breakers: Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions Through Adequate Housing