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ADP Grants

About the ADP Campus Grant program


The American Democracy Project (ADP) at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) invites interested faculty, staff and students to submit grant proposals consistent with its purpose and goals, which help to encourage, promote, and/or develop civic engagement.

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.


The grant program is intended 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.


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


  • 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 academic year).
  • Funding may be used for instructional materials, printing and advertising, travel expenses, speakers, honorariums and other such costs directly related to the project.
  • Funding will not be provided for stipends, incentives, food, clothing, or for any materials bought prior to the awarding of this grant.
  • Preference will be given to proposals for programs and activities that actively engage students in some manner.
  • Applications for new activities and programs will be preferred.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit annual progress report each May until the project is completed and a summary of project results at the project’s completion.


Apply for a Grant


Electronically submit a cover sheet, narrative, and budget by Friday, November 3, 2023 to the American Democracy Project at

Applications will be reviewed by the ADP Steering Committee.  All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Friday, November 17, 2023.

The steering committee reviews applications and awards funding each Fall, and if there are funds available reviews new applications and awards funds in the Spring. Projects must be completed within one year of the grant being awarded.

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

Cover sheet must contain:

  • Date the 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.
Please provide a brief explanation as to what measures you will put in place to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 for those engaged with your proposed project.



Previous Grant Recipients

2020-2021 Grant Recipients

  • Martin Luther King Jr Day Service Project - Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Project
  • Politics and Social Justice Week 2020 Shining a Light on Democracy - Rebecca Baumler

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

  • Politics and Social Justice Week 2020 Shining a Light on Democracy - Rebecca Baumler
  • Eliminating Substandard living conditions Through Adequate Housing - Katie Beeman
  • TRIO in DC - Lacey Hites
  • Education to Advocacy - Karrie Snider
  • Art of Suffrage - Sara Sundberg

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

  • Eliminating Substandard living conditions Through Adequate Housing - Taylor Beeman
  • Show Me Justice Film Festival - Shannon Johnson
  • KDP Students Proposal:
    Removing Reading Barriers for Struggling Readers - Julie Hentges

2017-2018 Grant Recipients

  • UCM Advantage Students Spring Break Service-Learning Trip - Carmen Binder
  • TRIO in DC - Chris Beggs
  • Warrensburg Literacy Summit - Matt Thomas
  • UCM Students Initiative to Support At-Risk Readers: Reading Matters, Literacy Alive! - Julie Hentges
  • Eliminating Substandard living conditions Through Adequate Housing - Taylor Beeman
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day Service Project - Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day Project

2016-2017 Grant Recipients

  • UCM Advantage Students - Spring Break - Carmen Binder
  • MLK Junior Service Project - Kristie Brinkley
  • Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions Through Adequate Housing - Meagan Fitzgerald
  • Hurricane Katrina Rebuilding & Professional Social Work Conference - Dr. Marlys Peck
  • Making the Movement Matter - Rediscovering Our Purpose - Keyontae Richardson
  • Appalachian Trail Conservancy - Jeffrey Huffman

2015-2016 Grant Recipients

  • Social Justice and Diversity Committee and Spotlight - Brianna Nesbitt
  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education and the Department of Communication Disorders - Dr. Julie Hentges
  • Association of Black Collegians - Keyontae Richardson
  • Breakers Alternative Spring Break - Karla Perez
  • Show Me Justice Film Festival - Shannon Johnson
  • Volunteer Services - Kristie Brinkley
  • Department of Criminal Justice - Rebecca Nabzdyk
  • Union Programming - Becky Hartman

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

  • Helping provide low-cost nutritional meals for those in need - Ashley Busick
  • Developing male student-led organization for bystander intervention during potentially violent situations - Ashley Wellman
  • Helping Thrive students learn more about government and political process - Barbara Mayfield
  • Creating an outdoor learning environment where students can grow own food - Beth Rutt
  • Motivating community to learn more and helping prevent sex trafficking - Caroline Evans, Alex Engart
  • Teaching students with special needs to advocate for funding - Kimberly Stewart
  • Helping pay students assisting in BAGS (Books and Good Stuff) literacy project - Kimberly Stewart
  • Educating Central Missouri and local community about importance of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - Kristie Brinkley
  • Researching political participation of homeless individuals in Johnson County - Mark Bliss
  • Promoting cultural awareness during Unity Week - Natalie Fajardo

2012-2013 Grant Recipients

  • Changing Lives One Spring Break at a Time - Amy Billups
  • Precious Knowledge film screening and presentation - Angela Richards 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day - Ashley McCullough
  • National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association project to promote literacy - Jayme Mattson
  • Social Welfate Student Advocacy Day - Jean Nuernberger 
  • Politics and Social Justice Week - Robynn Kuhlmann

2011-2012 Grant Recipients

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Project 2012 - Kristie Brinkley
  • Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions - Megan Coakley
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Issues Forum "From Civil War to Civil Rights" - Karen French
  • Show Me Justice Film Festival - Michelle Magee
  • Voices of Occupy - Julie Mollenkamp and Benjamin Cohen
  • Facilitating Early Language and Literacy Skills in At-Risk Preschoolers - Nancy Montgomery
  • Journalism and a Democratic Society in the 21st Century - Joe Moore
  • Communication and Sociology - Marylis Peck
  • Missouri Legislative System and Missouri International Education Day 2012 - Joy Stevenson

2010-2011 Grant Recipients

  • Environmental Education Center Recovery Project - Tom Burden
  • Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions - Jessica Campbell
  • The Motherhood Project - Melissa Freiburger
  • Learning to Be a Voter - Barbara Mayfield 

2009-2010 Grant Recipients

  • Breakers Alternative Spring Break - Rachel Brown
  • Mother's Nature Son (documentary film) - Jason Cole
  • Ellen Dissanayake lecture - Kathleen Desmond
  • Oxfam Hunger Banquet - Wendy Geiger
  • 5th Biennial Africana Studies Symposium - Delia Gillis
  • Jen Chapin lecture and performance - Jeffrey Imboden
  • Politics and Social Justice Week - Alex Klang
  • Earth Day Service Project - Melissa Looper
  • John Hope Bryant Kickoff to Leadership Month (Impact) - Kiley Moody
  • Homeland Security: Global & Domestic Perspectives, An International Academic Conference - Donald Wallace,

2008-2009 Grant Recipients

  • Service Learning – Using Students to engage their peers: The case of hunger in the community and the World - Dr. Wendy Geiger
  • Kiosk at Blind Boone Park - Dr. David McCandless
  • Plenary Session Speakers at the March, 2010 UCM Homeland Security Conference - Dr. Don Wallace
  • Eliminating Substandard Living Conditions Through Adequate Housing - Ashley Zerrer, President of Breakers


American Democracy Project

Dr. Shari Bax
Administration 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4114


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