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American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093



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The American Democracy Project (ADP) at the University of Central Missouri invites interested faculty, staff and students to submit grant proposals consistent with its Purpose and Goals.   There are no restrictions on the format of proposed projects. Applications supporting new activities and programs, however, will be preferred.  Creativity and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students are encouraged.  An explanation of the purpose and goals of ADP, and information on how to submit your proposal follows.

About the American Democracy Project:

The American Democracy Project began in 2003 as a co-operative initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), The New York Times, and AASCU Member-Institutions. The project involves over 250 member campuses including the University of Central Missouri.  The project involves a series of national activities coordinated by the national project coordinators, and a series of campus activities coordinated by each participating campus.

Our Purpose: to create opportunities for intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for students enrolled at UCM. The project focuses on the development of informed graduates who are committed to lives of engagement as citizens in our democracy. The project grows out of a concern about decreasing rates of participation in the civic life of America in voting, in advocacy, in local grassroots associations, and in other forms of civic engagement that are necessary for the vitality of our democracy.  The American Democracy project rests on a core belief…that civic engagement is critical for the preservation and vitality of American democracy.

Our Goals:

1. to increase the number of students who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful civic actions and
2. to focus the attention of policy makers and opinion leaders on the civic value of the college experience.

About the ADP Grant:

The grant provides funding for activities which are consistent with the purpose and goals of ADP, and 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 for programs and/or activities to be initiated during the 2015-2016 academic year.   (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 will not be provided for stipends, incentives, food, or clothing or for any materials bought prior to the award of this grant.  Preference will be given to proposals for programs and activities that actively engage students in some manner.


The proposed project should

promote the purpose and objectives of the American Democracy Project

encourage, promote, and/or develop civic engagement at UCM

focus on students and their development

be initiated and demonstrate progress within a year of receiving funding.

Grant recipients will be required to submit annual progress reports each May until the project is completed and a summary of project results at the project’s completion. 

Please note: Applications supporting new activities and programs will be preferred. 



To apply, electronically submit the cover sheet, narrative, and budget by November 18, 2015 to Dr. Shari Bax at

Applications will be reviewed by the ADP Steering Committee.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by December 11, 2015 .

The cover sheet should clearly identify the following:

            Date Proposal was submitted

            Name of Principal Applicant

            Address, phone number, email for Principle Applicant

            Title of Principal Applicant (position if an employee is principle applicant, office in student organization if principle applicant is a student)

Name of student organization or university office

Faculty advisor if appropriate

Title of project

Purpose of Project (limit to 25 words)

Total amount requested

Period of time in which funds will be spent

Project’s total budget



Limit to three (3) pages

Describe your project, including the needs and issues to be addressed; major activities; and target audience.

State the goals of your project

Describe your project’s timeframe, including its order of events.

Explain how your target audience will benefit from the project.

Explain how the project can achieve sustained growth (i.e., how would it continue to make a lasting impact after initial funding ends).

Explain how you will evaluate the success of the project.

Explain how the project promotes the goals and purposes of the American Democracy Project



Please prepare a budget for your grant proposal showing planned expenses and sources of financial support in as much detail as possible.

Here is an excellent example of what a grant application should contain.



ADP Grant Update


2014-2015 Grant Recipients

Department of Criminal Justice (Oklahoma City Tour): Brooke Cooley and Dr. Jennifer Varriale Carson

Show Me Justice Film Festival: Dr. Michael Graves

Social Justice and Diversity Committee: Brianna Nesbitt

Department of Communication (Collaboration and Journalism Education): Dr. Joe Moore

Breakers (Alternative Spring Break): Michele Hesselbein and Kristie Brinkley

Office of Student Activities, Volunteer Services: Kristie Brinkley

Social Justice Week: Robynn Kuhlmann

Outdoor & Experiential Education: Michael Busekrus

Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention: Jenny Rabas and Amy Kiger

Department of Communication Disorders and Social Work (Head Start): Dr. Nancy Montgomery and Dr. Julie Hentges

Christian Campus House (Something to Eat): Ashlen Busick and Dr. Tricia Hansen-Horn

2013-2014 Grant Recipients

Ashley Busick, Help provide low-cost nutritional meals for those in need

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

Dr. Greg Turner, Teaching students with special needs to advocate for funding

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

Mark Bliss, Researching political participation of homeless individuals in Johnson County

Natalie Fajardo, Promoting cultural awareness during Unity Week

2012-2013 Grant Recipients

Amy Billups, Changing Lives One Spring Break at a Time

Angela Richards, Precious Knoledge film screening and presenattion

Ashley McCullough, Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day

Jayme Mattson, National Student Speech Langiage and Hearing Association projrect to promote literacy

Jean Nuernberger, Social Welfate Student Advocacy Day

Robynn Kuhlmann, Politics and Social Justice Week

Grant Proposals

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