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UCM Foundation

Smiser Alumni Center
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8000
Toll Free: 866.752.7257

UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant Program

NOTICE: Applications are closed for FY15, projects selected for grant funding will be announced May 6. FY16 grant applications will be available September, 2014.

The UCM Foundation Opportunity Program supports targeted, student-centered activities of UCM faculty and staff resulting in significant outcomes that benefit the university's learning environment. Grants start at $100 and range to an individual maximum of $5,000. Grants are funded on the fiscal year running July 1 through June 30.

The UCM Foundation Opportunity Grants must fund expenses related to a specific project. Examples of allowable expenses include research, service projects, supplies, equipment, software. Types of expenses not covered include salaries, release time, conference fees, travel, assistantships. Applicants are limited to one proposal per year. The UCM Foundation is the official fund raising arm of the University of Central Missouri.

Established in 1979, the foundation procures, maintains and administers philanthropic gifts that advance the university's mission and help students attain their college goals. In keeping with that mission, the UCM Foundation established the Opportunity Grant Program in 2013 to support faculty and staff who have ideas but insufficient funding for entrepreneurial projects that will strengthen the university's learning environment and students' academic experience. Through a competitive process, the UCM Foundation Opportunity Grant Program provides one-time seed money for projects that advance the university's learning environment and students' academic experience.

Projects Currently Funded


Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $100 for Campus Cupboard
  • $500 for modern languages
  • $1,000 for Fund for Excellence
  • $77,761 for mathematics scholarship
  • $10,000 for Mules Football Locker Room Project
  • $10,000 for scholarship endowment
  • $20 monthly staff pledge for graphic design scholarship
  • $1,935 gift-in-kind for theatre and dance fund
  • $8,358 stock gift for scholarships
  • $35 online credit card gift for KMOS programming