Mission Micro-Grant Program

Now in its thirteenth 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: Fill out, and submit the online application form. Contact Rosemary Weatherston, Mission Micro Grant Program Director, at weatherr@udmercy.edu, if you have any questions.

    Please note: the time period for which 2020-21 MMG projects and activities can receive funding has been aligned with the 2020-21 fiscal year. Thus, it is possible to apply for funding for projects that already will have taken place between July 1, 2020 and November, when grants are announced, as well as for projects that will take place from November through June 1, 2021. All projects/activities must be completed and all grant monies forms submitted by June 1, 2021.


    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 the September following 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?

    2019-20 Mission Micro Grant Award Projects

    Summaries of the 2019-20 MMG Proposals that Received Funding 

    • Wilfred Allen (MSON, CHP): Tutoring resources for nursing students preparing to retake the NCLEX exam 
    • Bailey Andersen (Office of Health & Wellness, Student Services, SOD): Supplies for the School of Dentistry’s family food pantry 
    • Roxana Bell (Mission and Identity Committee, SOL): Supplies for a School of Law “Red Door” campaign, in the spirit of the red doors of the House of Mercy on Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland 
    • Caren Bendes (Scholarship and Financial Aid): Supplies for the McNichols Campus Little Free Pantry  
    • Alexis Burgess (CLAE) and Patricia Devoy (CHP): Reading materials for a Detroit Mercy women’s prayer and study group   
    • Megan Conrad and Alexa Rihana-Abdallah (CES ): Purchase of books in support of an empowerment program for women engineering students 
    • Dohna Dudley (The Hive) and Timothy Hipskind, S.J., (ILS): Supplies for The Hive, a student-run food pantry 
    • Cindy Gillham (McNichols Campus Library): Support for a free university and community seed library 
    • Matt Higley (University Recreation): Support for student participation in the UREC Adventure series 
    • Benjamin Houston (Mission and Identity Committee, SOL): Yoga mats for the School of Law’s prayer and quiet reflection room 
    • Amber Johnson (TRIO Student Support Services): Support for TRIO SSS students to participate in a service immersion trip to Selma, Alabama 
    • Anita Klueg (University Ministry): Support for the creation of a mission-oriented art mural in Shiple Hall lobby, and a university community memorial garden and monarch butterfly haven 
    • Sonya Kowalski, Shari Lambert, Andrea Kwasky, and Barbara Ciotta (MSON, CHP): Incentive support for a student and faculty survey on “Clinical Compass,” a learning tool that addresses the gap between classroom and clinical learning 
    • Andrea Kwasky, Mary Serowoky (MSON, CHP), and Kristen Salem Carney (Wellness Center): Honorarium support for a campus presentation by speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
    • Adrianna Moreno (Student Services, SOD): Equipment and furnishings for the School of Dentistry’s lactation room 
    • Timmy Nelson (Marketing and Communications): Support for a charity gaming marathon to raise monies for Beaumont Children’s Hospital, Royal Oak. In conjunction with the Detroit Mercy Anime Club 
    • Paula Nranian (Simulation Teaching and Research Center, CHP): Supplies for an empathy skill exercise for nursing students simulating the challenges experienced by patients with decreased mobility, dexterity, vision, and hearing  
    • Kathy Putman (MSON, CHP): Supplies for nursing students to provide foot care for people experiencing homelessness 
    • Jennifer Ruel (MSON, CHP): Refreshments for clinical skills intensive day for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner specialty certificate program 
    • Allen Seales (TRIO Student Support Services): Support for a mentoring program for student participants in the TRIO Student Support Services program 
    • Cynthia Spires (CLAE) and Jahzara Mayes Otoo (ReBUILDetroit): Support for “Mextasy” workshop, lectures, and exhibit examining the stereotyping of Lantinx communities 
    • Cynthia Spires (CLAE): Supplies for a women’s mini-retreat 
    • Whitney S. Thomas (TRIO Student Support Services): Supplies for TRIO Student Support Services student and staff adoption of a family for the Christmas holiday season 
    • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Tanya Vaughn-Deneen and Elaine Webber (MSON, CHP): Supplies for nursing students’ spiritual self-reflection art projects

    2018-19 Mission Micro Grant Award Projects

    Summaries of the 2018-19 MMG
    Proposals that Received Funding

    • Caren Bendes (Scholarship and Financial Aid): Food items for a Little Free Pantry open to the Detroit Mercy community
    • Alexis Burgess (CLAE) and Patricia Devoy (CHP): Reading materials for a Detroit Mercy women’s prayer and study group
    • Stephanie Conant and Matt Mio (CES): Support for the startup of an experiential and service learning Teaching Community
    • Megan Conrad (CES), Nicole Najor (CES), Mariam Faied (CES), and Marlene Shaw-Gallagher (CHP): Support for a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) women student book club
    • Jennifer Dean (Libraries/IDS), Elaine Webber (CHP), and Jill Turner (Libraries/IDS): Furniture for a new McNichols Campus Library lactation room
    • Karen Harris (CHP): Honorarium support for speakers in Community Health Nursing courses and refreshments for Second Degree Option nursing student mentoring meetings
    • Mary-Catherine Harrison (CLAE): Building materials for a Free Community Library to be installed at La Casa Guadalupana, a family education and outreach provider in Southwest Detroit
    • Shirley Escamilla (CHP) and Mary-Catherine Harrison (CLAE): Spanish and bilingual books for the Book Nook at Ford Resource and Engagement Center / El Mercado Food Hub. In collaboration with Second Degree Option nursing students Julius Edwar Cantuba, Maya Long, Alexandra Macdiarmid, Rachel Rachette, John Randle, Christina Riga, and Katelynne Zipfel
    • Amy Keyser (Libraries/IDS): Signage for the McNichols Campus Library multi-faith reflection space and support for a new Peace Pole and garden. In conjunction with University Ministry
    • Anita Klueg (University Ministry): Refreshments for participants in the Detroit Mercy Day of Service
    • Andrea Kwasky (CHP), Mary Serowoky (CHP), and Kristen Salem Carney (Wellness Center): Campus presentation by speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Shari Lambert and Barb Ciotta (CHP): Thank you gifts for undergraduate nursing student preceptors and site visits
    • Michael Lauchlan (CLAE): Refreshments for participants in an Immigration Issues – Personal Stories panel event
    • Molly McClelland (CHP), Darrell Kleinke (CES), and Megan Conrad (CES): Meals for veterans and students collaborating on Multidisciplinary Assistive Technology program projects
    • Becky Nuata (CHP): CPR training for students in Grand Rapids area partner schools
    • Timmy Nelson (Marketing and Communications): Support for a charity gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Royal Oak. In conjunction with University Recreation and the Detroit Mercy Anime Club
    • Paul Riffon (University Ministry): Support for “Soup and Substance” meals and speakers in the season of Lent
    • Alexa Rihana-Abdallah (CES): Support for Detroit Mercy’s Society of Women Engineers chapter conference and high school outreach events
    • Jennifer Ruel (CHP): Certificates of appreciation for Family Nurse Practitioner student preceptors
    • Kristen Salem and Annamaria Silveri (Wellness Center): Refreshments for strategic planning of JED Campus efforts to promote student emotional health and prevent substance abuse and suicide
    • Cynthia Spires (CLAE): Support for Writing Center sponsorship of student-led projects and events
    • Dohna Dudley (Student Food Pantry/H2O) and Cynthia Spires (CLAE): Food purchases and fundraising incentives for the Student Food Pantry
    • Virginia Stanard (SOA, Master of Community Development Program): Support for community engagement meetings and events related to MCD students’ Capstone projects
    • Sigrid Streit (CLAE) and Clara Gamalski (Campus Kitchen): Support for a food and food-justice themed Academic Writing course
    • Pamela Zarkowski (Academic Affairs), Diane Praet (Registrar’s Office), Tammy Batcheller (Facilities), Monica Williams (Student Affairs) and Edmund Black (Public Safety): Design and production of emergency information posters and lanyard cards