Spectrum Center

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The Spectrum Center administers funding to individual students and student organizations currently enrolled at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus who are looking to implement projects that seek to improve the experiences and climate of LGBTQ communities. The intent of this funding initiative is to create opportunities for University of Michigan students to transform policies and practices on campus, in the community, and on a national scale that positively impact LGBTQ communities. It is also an opportunity for applicants to invest in skills and knowledge that may contribute to their leadership development. A maximum amount of $800 is provided per project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled student at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus.
  • Projects have to meet the standards set by the Spectrum Center which reads as follows - A project is defined as a specific, finite activity that produces an observable, measurable, and tangible result. It usually includes a series of interrelated tasks that are planned for execution over a fixed period of time and within certain requirements and limitations such as cost, quality, performance, others.
  • Project completion has to be executed prior to students’ graduation dates.
  • Funding is only provided during the fall and winter semesters.
  • Any currently active student organization registered and in good standing through the Center for Campus Involvement.
  • Projects have to positively contribute to and/or impact the LGBTQ community and climate.
  • Projects may or may not be related to a course and/or academic initiative
  • Interested students or student organizations should complete the application form available below.

Funding recipients are expected to:

  • Submit a detailed expected budget of expenses about the project
  • Meet in person with a Spectrum Center staff after completing the application
  • Maintain sustained and consistent communication with the Spectrum Center regarding the status of the project
  • Provide any pertinent updates/changes to the Spectrum Center staff contact about the initiative (i.e. change of event date, time, or location; cancellation of event; etc…)
  • Acknowledge the support of the LGBTQ+ Project Grant offered through Spectrum Center on promotional platforms/materials and initiative products
  • Provide any expense receipts that were used from the Spectrum Center funding
  • Work with Spectrum Center staff to portray the final project outcomes on the Spectrum Center website, as appropriate

Failure to meet these program requirements may result in the termination of the funding agreement.

Application Process

  • Review aforementioned eligibility criteria
  • ​​Submit an application by completing the form below. Questions within the application process include:
    • Applicant’s contact information
    • Initiative title, purpose, description, and logistics
    • If applying as an organization - org name, shortcode, and project grant (for student organizations)
    • How does your initiative contribute to the experiences, awareness, and improvement of LGBTQ communities on campus?
    • Questions about potential collaborations with campus organizations
    • Logistical details of the initiative (projected # of attendees, target audience, marketing, etc…)
    • How much are you requesting? You will be expected to upload a forecasted budget expense.
    • Adherence to grant expectations
  • Spectrum Center staff will schedule a meeting with the applicant(s) via email or phone
  • Funding decision will be communicated via email

Funding will NOT be granted to:

  • Projects that do not comply with the law and/or institutional policies
  • ​Projects submitted solely by student fee-generated groups, such as Central Student Government, Residence Hall Councils, and school/college student governments. Proposals submitted in conjunction with Voluntary Student Organizations will be considered.
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity, fundraising efforts, or profit-making initiatives.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drugs
  • Alumni-related activities and initiatives
  • Personal expenses, including goods, services, and fees, that do not benefit the project
  • Defense and prosecution of criminal and civil proceedings

 

To apply for funding assistance please click on the blue icon below

LGBTQ+ Project Grant Application


 

                 

The Spectrum Center offers funding assistance to student organizations and units/departments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor that contribute to the experiences, awareness, and improvement of LGBTQ communities on campus through programmatic efforts that include events, services, involvement opportunities, and virtual engagements, among others. A maximum amount of $200 is provided per initiative.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently active student organization registered and in good standing through the Center for Campus Involvement 
  • ​Any department and academic units at the University of Michigan may be considered for funding
  • Preference is given to initiatives that positively contribute to and impact LGBTQ climate on campus
  • Initiative completion has to be executed in the same semester of the application submission
  • Funding is only provided during the fall and winter semesters
  • Interested student organizations or departments should complete the application form available below

Funding recipients are expected to:

  • Applications must contain a detailed expected budget of expenses for the project upon submitting an application
  • ​Provide any pertinent updates/changes to the Spectrum Center staff contact about the initiative (i.e. change of event date, time, or location; cancellation of event; etc…)
  • Acknowledge the support of the Spectrum Center on promotional platforms/materials 
  • Provide any expense receipts that were used with the Spectrum Center funding
  • Provide Spectrum Center with a final attendance count regarding the initiative

Failure to meet these program requirements may result in the termination of the funding agreement.

Application Process

  • Review aforementioned eligibility criteria
  • ​Submit an application by completing the form below. Questions within the application process include:
    • Applicants’ contact information
    • Initiative title, purpose, description, and logistics.
    • If applying as an organization - org name, shortcode, and project grant (for student organizations)
    • How does your initiative contribute to the experiences, awareness, and improvement of LGBTQ communities?
    • What is the anticipated date of the initiative?
    • How much are you requesting? You will be expected to upload a forecasted budget expense.
    • Adherence to grant expectations
  • Funding decision will be communicated to you via email 

Funding will NOT be granted to:

  • Initiatives that do not comply with the law and/or institutional policy
  • ​Initiatives that promote values and beliefs detrimental to the lives and experiences of LGBTQ communities
  • Requests made by individual students without collaborations sponsored by student organizations and/or Units on campus
  • Initiatives that have already occurred or are not taking place during the current academic year
  • Initiatives in which the primary audience is non-University students
  • Initiatives submitted solely by student fee-generated groups, such as Central Student Government, Residence Hall Councils, and school/college student governments. Proposals submitted in conjunction with Voluntary Student Organizations will be considered.
  • Initiatives promoting policies that pursue political issues and/or plan of actions
  • Initiatives for academic credit or class projects (see LGBTQ+ Project Grant)
  • Speaker fees and compensations (see LGBTQ+ Advocates and Speakers Grant)
  • Religious services; note that educational programs centered on religion and spirituality are permitted
  • Travel for off-campus trips, conferences, etc.
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity, fundraising efforts, or profit-making initiatives.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other drugs
  • Events occurring off-campus, including alternative break trips, events at local high schools or non-profit locations, etc...

To apply for funding assistance please click on the blue icon below

Spectrum Center Enrichment Grant Application


 

                  

The Spectrum Center offers funding assistance to student organizations and units/departments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to support speaker fees and expenses related to speakers’ compensations such as lodging, transportation, etc… Speakers being brought to campus, virtually or in-person, should have a history and current portfolio of contributing to the experiences, awareness, and improvement of LGBTQ communities. A maximum amount of $500 is provided per event.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently active student organization registered and in good standing through the Center for Campus Involvement 
  • ​Any department and academic units at the University of Michigan may be considered for funding.
  • Funding received has to go toward hosting a speaker for a virtual or in-person event.
  • Funding can only be used once for a series of events
  • Funding can only be used once if multiple speakers are contracted for one event
  • Initiative completion has to be executed in the same semester of the application submission
  • Funding is only provided during the fall and winter semesters
  • Preference is given to initiatives that positively contribute to the LGBTQ+ climate on campus. 
  • Interested student organizations or departments should complete the application form available below.

Funding recipients are expected to:

  • Provide any pertinent updates/changes to the Spectrum Center staff contact about the initiative (i.e. change of event date, time, or location; cancellation of event; etc…)
  • Acknowledge the support of the Spectrum Center on promotional platforms/materials and initiative products
  • Provide any expense receipts that were used with the Spectrum Center funding
  • Provide Spectrum Center with a final attendance count regarding the initiative
  • Should speaker(s) cancel their appearance, it is expected that the funding allocated is returned

Failure to meet these program requirements may result in the termination of the funding agreement.

Application Process

  • Review aforementioned eligibility criteria
  • ​Submit an application by completing the form below. Questions within the application process include:
    • Applicant’s contact information 
    • Initiative title, purpose, and description.
    • Speaker name, website/webpage, biography, and contribution to LGBTQ+ topics
    • If applying as an organization - org name, shortcode, and project grant (for student organizations)
    • What is the anticipated date in which the performer will be speaking?
    • How much are you requesting? You will be expected to upload a forecasted budget expense.
    • Adherence to grant expectations
  • Funding decision will be communicated to you via email 

Funding will ONLY be granted to:

  • Fees associated with the performer’s contract including
    • Performer’s fees
    • Performer’s lodging
    • Performer’s transportation
    • Performer’s miscellaneous expenses

To apply for funding assistance please click on the blue icon below

LGBTQ+ Advocates & Speakers Grant Application