Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

MESA Grants Flowchart


>> Before applying, read the guidelines below or read through our application guide here!

Our grants application is an interactive process. Not only will you submit an online application but you will also meet with MESA staff before and after your program. Please refer to this infographic to learn more about our grants application process, and review additional criteria below.

Please note that all grant recipients will be asked to attend a special celebration on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm. 

Programs should address the following criteria:

  • Further the mission of the MESA
    • For example, programs should promote social justice education through the lens of race/ethnicity. This could be achieved through programs that focus on dialogue, identity exploration, cultural education/awareness, cross-cultural initiatives or community building that supports positive growth and relationships within the U-M community
  • Host events or programs that are open to the entire University community with an emphasis on providing programming for participants or an audience comprising currently enrolled U-M students 
  • Demonstrate a strong educational component that is aimed at educating the broader community about a particular subject 
  • Have the potential to significantly impact the student life experience at U-M

Budget (subject to change): 

  • $1,500 maximum per semester
  • $3,000 maximum per organization per academic year

To be considered for funding, your online application must:

  • Be a registered student organization with an active University Fund Account through the Student Organization Account Service (SOAS) in good standing**
    • **If you are not a registered student organization but believe your program/initiative is in alignment with the grant funding criteria, please reach out to chee ia yang ( to discuss funding opportunities!** 
  • Be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the date of your event (the earlier the better!) 
  • Be fully completed including an itemized budget

Examples of funding: 

  • Program supplies such as food, print materials, decorations, etc.  
  • Space/venue reservations
  • Honorariums (speakers, performers, DJs, etc.) 
  • Travel for guest speakers and performers 

Funding will not be given to:

  • Programs that do not comply with the law 
  • Programs/events where alcohol is present 
  • Individual students 
  • Programs that have already occurred or are not happening during the current academic year 
  • Programs where the primary audience is non-University students 
  • Programs submitted solely by student fee-generated groups, such as the Michigan Student Assembly, Residence Hall Councils, and school/college student governments. Proposals submitted in conjunction with Voluntary Student Organizations may be considered
  • Programs submitted solely by regental authorized student groups, such as the University Activities Center or Black Student Union 
  • Programs promoting a political agenda 
  • Programs for academic credit or class projects 
  • Programs that judge individuals on physical appearance or talent 
  • Religious services; note that educational programs centered on religion and spirituality are permitted 
  • Any “break” trips (including but not limited to spring break, alternative break, winter break, etc.) 
  • Funds cannot be used to directly benefit charity or fundraising efforts
  • Programs where the primary engagement method is through fashion and/or fashion shows. We welcome you to talk with our office about eligibility, prior to filling out an application, if you feel your program does meet our mission of social justice education

MESA staff is available to help clarify and work with you prior to submitting a proposal.  We are always happy to consult with you about your program or suggest other sources of funding. Please reach out to us at any time if you have questions at or call us at (734) 763-9044.