UCM ALumni Foundation
Opportunity Grant Program 


The UCM Alumni Foundation launched the Opportunity Grant program in 2013 support targeted, innovative student-centered ideas of University of Central Missouri faculty and staff that benefit the university’s learning environment and students’ academic experience. In keeping with our mission to cultivate, manage and distribute resources in support of the University of Central Missouri the Opportunity Grant Program supports employees who have ideas, but insufficient funding. Through a competitive process, the UCM Alumni Foundation Opportunity Grant program provides one-time seed money for projects that advance the University’s strategic plan and result in significant outcomes.

Opportunity Grants start at $100 with a maximum possible award of $5,000 and are funded in the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) and must fund expenses related to a specific project. Applicants are limited to one proposal per year. Grant funds available vary by year but have ranged from $25,000 to $40,000 annually. Opportunity Grants are made possible by donor contributions to the Central Annual Fund

The application deadline for FY23 Opportunity Grants was March 1, 2022. All applicants were notified of award decisions in May 2022. The application portal for FY24 grants will open in November 2022.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find everything I need to know about applying for an Opportunity Grant?

A: Check out the Opportunity Grant Help Guide here.

Q: When were applications due for fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023) consideration?

A: March 1, 2022

Q: Can I still apply for fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022)?

A: The Alumni Foundation awarded almost $30,000 in Opportunity Grants for FY23 and is no longer accepting proposals. Learn more about the FY23 recipients here.

Q: What do I do if I am having trouble navigating the Application Portal?

A: Check out the Application Portal Help Guide here. 

Q: Do I have to submit via the online Applicaiton Portal?

A: Starting with the FY23 awarding cycle, the UCM Alumni Foundation only accepts grant applications submitted through the appropriate application portal at ucmfoundation.org/opportunity-grants.

Q: Who can I contact with questions about Opportunity Grants?

A: Contact the UCM Alumni Foundation by email at giving@ucmo.edu, by phone at 660-543-8000, or by coming to the Smiser Alumni Center in the Elliott Student Union. 


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PO Box 800, Smiser Alumni Center
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Phone: 660-543-8000 | alumni@ucmo.edu

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