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Opportunity Grant Program


In keeping with our mission to cultivate, manage, and distribute resources in support of the University of Central Missouri, the UCM Alumni Foundation launched the Opportunity Grant program in 2013. This program was designed to support innovative, student-centered initiatives brought forward by UCM faculty and staff to benefit the university’s learning environment and students’ academic experience.

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


The application portal for FY25 Opportunity Grant proposals opens November 10, 2023. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Check out the Opportunity Grant Help Guide

When were applications due for fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) consideration?

March 1, 2023

Can I still apply for fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024)?

The Alumni Foundation awarded over $30,000 in Opportunity Grants for FY24 and is no longer accepting proposals.

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

Who can I contact with questions about Opportunity Grants?

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


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