UPDATE:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welcome to Michigan Program will not be able to award student organization grants for 2020.  Please check back in 2021 for more information. 


The Office of New Student Programs has limited grant funds available for voluntary and sponsored student organizations interested in planning a Welcome to Michigan event. In addition, the “usual” funding sources for student organizations are also available to assist with funding for an event.

Office of New Student Programs Student Organization Grants

ONSP grants provide financial assistance to clubs/organizations that are committed to assisting in the first year transition of new students. The grant program is a source of funding for programs/events designed to welcome new students to the University, to assist in their transition, and contribute to the first year experience at the University. These programs/events may range from workshops and lectures, to experiential activities, and may take place during the Welcome to Michigan program or first six weeks of the Fall term. Events should not be geared toward recruiting new members to a student organization. Programs with an educational component will receive highest priority in the selection process.


  • Groups seeking funding must be Sponsored or Voluntary Student Organizations, currently registered through the Central Student Government and have a University Fund Account through the Student Organization Account Service (SOAS).
  • Events must be intended for first-year undergraduate students and must be inclusive of all students regardless of race, religion, gender, etc.
  • Events with a strong educational component will be given greater consideration.
  • Events must be alcohol-free - no funding may be used for the purchase of alcohol.
  • Funding requests are limited to one per organization, per year, and the amount of the grant may not exceed $500.
  • Greater consideration will be given to groups who are co-sponsoring/collaborating with at least one other group, and who have shown initiative in finding additional sources of funding.


All Student Organization Grant Program applications should include:

  • Description, purpose, and goals of the program/event, including a description of the impact this program/event will have on first-year students and their transition to the University.
  • A description of the intended outcomes (i.e., How does the activity assist in the transition of new students? What are the academic/educational components?).
  • An outline of expenses and sources of funding.
  • An application tracking form, which can be picked up at the Office of New Student Programs or you may obtain an electronic copy by emailing Assistant Director Joe Colangelo at
  • Submitted proposals missing any of the above information, including final reports from the previous year, will not be considered by the Office of New Student Programs.


Applications must be submitted to our office at least four (4) weeks prior to the date of the event, and groups will be notified of the status approximately two (2) weeks after the application has been received.

Please email all application materials to Assistant Director Joe Colangelo at

Funds will be transferred to the sponsoring organization’s SOAS account once the event has taken place and a final report has been completed.

Final Reports

All recipients of the Student Organization Grant Program must submit a final report within 30 days after the event/program. Failure to submit will result in the organization being ineligible for future funding.