Eastern Michigan University

WIP-EMU Grants

Grant Application Guidelines

The Women in Philanthropy at EMU group supports projects that align with the mission and vision of Eastern Michigan University (read more). We are particularly interested in projects that:

  1. Enhance learning opportunities for Eastern Michigan University faculty, staff, alumni and/or students
  2. Improve the Eastern Michigan University climate through collaborative efforts
  3. Foster creativity and innovation as it relates to Eastern Michigan University
  4. Improve communication among diverse groups within the Eastern Michigan University community


Eastern Michigan University employees, university-sponsored alumni and alumni groups, faculty-sponsored students, and university recognized student groups are eligible to apply for awards.

Voting members of Women in Philanthropy at EMU are not eligible to submit grant applications or to be listed as faculty sponsor on grant applications.

Proposal Format

Applications must be submitted online. The deadline is 11:59 p.m., Oct. 13, 2013.  The next deadline will be in October 2014.

The online template will ask for the contact information, title, brief description, how it relates to the WIP grant priorities (above), need for project, relation to other projects, project objectives, plan of implementation, expected impact, evaluation plan, personnel, partnerships and community groups (if any), student groups (if any), and a line item budget.

The online template has embedded instructions. Further questions should be directed to Kelly Quilter, Directer of Development, College of Education, (kquilte1@emich.edu)


Awards for selected projects will range up to $5,000, and must be spent during the calendar year following the award announcement.

Awards to students may affect financial aid calculations.

Grantees will be asked to complete a final written report on their project and use of funds no later than January 15th after the completion of the grant year. Grantees may be asked to present their project at an annual Women in Philanthropy at EMU meeting or other University-sponsored events.

If projects are selected, disbursement of funds must comply with EMU policies and procedures. Unspent funds after project year will return to WIP-EMU.


A project that does not receive funding in any particular cycle may re-apply the following year.  It is advisable to contact Kelly Quilter at kquilte1@emich.edu prior to reapplying.

A funded project is not eligible for a second Women in Philanthropy at EMU award.

The manager of a funded project may apply for an award for another project after one intervening year.

Grants timeline

June 2013 - October 2013 –- Request for proposals distributed and publicized across the EMU community

October 13, 2013 –- 11:59p.m. Deadline for grant proposals

October 2013 - November 2013 –- Grant proposals distributed to members for review and voting

December 2013 –- Notification of grant awards sent to awardees

January 2014 - December 2014 -- Project year

Spring 2014 or Fall 2014 meeting -– Possible presentation of selected projects by awardees

January 15, 2015 -- Final written reports due