Grants can help U-M faculty, staff organize Detroit-focused events


Small groups of faculty and staff on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses can apply for up to $15,000 to organize workshops, speaker series or similar events centered on a topic relevant to Detroit communities.

The Engage Detroit Workshops grant program is funded by the Office of the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning to stimulate the development of events that enhance collaborations among Detroit-based initiatives led by U-M faculty, staff or students.

 It will provide financial support for up to four groups of U-M faculty and staff with a faculty lead. Proposed events should bring together faculty, students, staff and Detroit communities in discussing a topic of common interest, and should embody U-M’s principles for community and civic engagement: recognition, respect and equitable partnership.

The deadline to submit a proposal is March 20, and events funded through the program should take place between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023.

The university has a long history of partnership with Detroit. Faculty members, students and staff collaborate alongside partners to learn and serve in ways that create mutual benefits.

“Our connections between Detroit and U-M faculty, staff and students manifest in hundreds of different ways — ranging from student organizations and social change projects, courses and K-12 programs, and research projects to collaborations with city government, residents and neighborhood organizations,” said Valeria Bertacco, vice provost for engaged learning.

“The Engage Detroit Workshops grant program is a continuation of our commitment to Detroit and we hope to support the advancement of partnerships as well as synergies among the hundreds of U-M initiatives focused on Detroit.”

Eligible applicant teams include groups of up to three faculty and staff affiliated with an academic unit on the Ann Arbor or Dearborn campuses, and who are currently involved in community-engaged work in Detroit.

Interdisciplinary teams and proposals that involve students and community partners are encouraged. Interested applicants will be asked to develop a theme statement for their proposed events, and the selected theme should be of relevance to the Detroit community.

(Note: This article has been updated from its original version to reflect the involvement of UM-Dearborn.)


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