Grant Guidelines for 2019-2020

The Connecting with Missouri (CWM) grant is sponsored by The Connector for the purpose of supporting new and existing projects, programs, and initiatives that focus on engagement, outreach, and broader impacts. This opportunity is open to members of the University of Missouri who are interested in fostering, founding, and/or continuing projects and programs. All applications must clearly justify the goal in terms of its significance in reaching populations beyond the university community.

  • Tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students who are currently working or learning at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
  • Eligible individuals are eligible for one CWM Grant each academic year.
  • All awardees must be working or learning at the University of Missouri at the time of award and during the length of the funded project (up to one year).
Required Application Sections:
  • Abstract (for a lay audience)
  • Proposed Budget for the Project
  • Short Bio/Vita for each individual
  • Completed Application Questions
Additional Required Components:

CWM grant projects must be able to be completed in one year or under. All CWM grants must briefly describe how the program/project will be evaluated for impact on the target audience.

A successful application will include the answers to the following Application Questions:
  • What is the proposed project? Please clearly describe.
  • What is the potential for the proposed activity to benefit society and contribute to achievement of specific desired societal outcomes? What is the target audience?
  • Please talk about the recruitment of participants, location or locations where the project will take place, and/or any other elements necessary for the project to be funded.
  • How do the proposed activities suggest and explore creative, original, or potentially transformative concepts?
  • How does the project fit within the timeline of one year?
  • Please describe community partners and their role in the project.
Grant Amount and Payment:

Available CWM grants start at $1,000 with a cap of $5,000. There is an opportunity for extended funding at the discretion of the grantor. Extended funds can only be granted after a report has been accepted and approved by the grantor.

What does the CWM grant cover?

Each CWM grant can cover project expenses, supplementary funding, new projects, new program initiatives, continuing projects, and expansions to existing programs. Other areas and/or items that may be covered are found to have been adequately justified by the grantee in the proposal’s abstract and budgetary sections.

CWM Grants will not cover the following:
  • Tuition Fee Waivers
  • Student Health insurance
  • Faculty or Non-Faculty Salary
  • Financial Aid
  • Bridge salary for non-regular faculty
  • Campus or local conferences, meetings or symposiums
Application format and submission:
  • Applications must use 12pt or larger font and be single-spaced with 1-inch margins.
  • Please include the applicant’s last name in the header.
  • All materials should be submitted as one PDF document.
  • No more than 3p (not including budgetary information).
  • PDF application file should be titled [LASTNAME]_CWMGrant.pdf (i.e. Smith_CWMGrant.pdf).
  • All applications will be emailed as a single PDF to
Application Deadline:
  • Applications will be accepted on a semester basis.
  • Deadlines: October 1st (for funds beginning spring semester); February 1st (for funds beginning summer semester); June 1st (for funds beginning fall semester)
  • Other requests will be entertained as funds become available.
Selection Process and Administering Awards:

A campus committee will evaluate the applications and select the award winners. This campus committee will be chaired by a staff member from The Connector. Click here to view the Scoring Rubric.

All recipients will include the following in the final report:
  • Evaluation report showing the impact of the funded project.
  • Complete list of the activities completed with the grant funds.
  • Full financial report.
  • Brief statement of continued engagement efforts.
Resubmission Process:

Applicants may be asked by the committee to revise and resubmit. All requests will be sent directly to the grantee, and a new due date will be agreed upon by the committee and the grantee.