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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.

Beginning this cycle, applicants are invited to submit proposals for up to a maximum possible award of $20,000 for grants that will be distributed in fiscal year 2025 (July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025). Applicants are encouraged to review the Opportunity Grant Program Help Guide and the Frequently Asked Questions below prior to submittal. Opportunity Grants are made possible by donor contributions to the Central Annual Fund.

The submission portals are open until 5:00 pm on March 1, 2024. Submit your proposal through DocuSign by clicking on the appropriate button below. 

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

What is the average amount of an Opportunity Grant award?

From 2013-2023 the maximum amount an applicant could apply for $5,000 and the average award amount was approximetely $4,500. However, beginning in FY25 (the current cycle) applicants are invited to apply for up to $20,000 for a specific project.

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

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

Proposals for FY24 Opportunity Grants were due March 1, 2023. The Alumni Foundation Board of Directors awarded over $30,000 in Opportunity Grants to 8 recipients. However, the submission portal is now open for FY25 Opportunity Grants. 

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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