To further the Commission for Women's mission to improve and enrich the working and learning environments for UMD women, several grants of up to $1,000 are awarded each year. Grants may be awarded to individuals or organizations seeking assistance in providing programs or activities which directly benefit a broad group of women in the UMD community. A wide range of activities have been funded. Click here for a list of past recipients.
Applicants must complete the Grant Request Form. Forms are accepted electronically or by campus mail to the Grant Committee Chair. Applications must clearly detail how the proposed project/event/activity will benefit UMD women.
The grant committee reviews the small grants as they are received and the large grants as scheduled. After Committee action, recommendations for funding are taken to the Commission for approval of recommendations. Funds are awarded to organizations, departments, or some fiscal unit of the University for dispersal. This entire process usually takes 3-4 weeks from the time the grants are received. The Grants Committee Chair notifies applicants concerning the committee's decision and/or CW action.
1. Funds must be disbursed during the current fiscal year. Therefore funds may only be requested for events that will be completed within the current fiscal year.
2. Funds will be transferred after the conclusion of the event and after we receive your written evaluation of the event. The evaluation should include how money was spent, success or failure of event, impact they feel the event had on UMD women, number of attendants and what if anything they would change to make their project more successful or have a bigger impact on UMD women. All reports must be turned in by June 30 or the grant money will be forfeited.
3. All programs funded, partially or in full, must give appropriate credit to the Commission for Women. All publicity (news releases, posters, programs, etc.) must include acknowledgement of the support of the Commission for Women. New: All events added to the UMD Events Calendar must include the Commission for Women as an additional sponsor to the event.
4. Proper attribution of all quoted materials in the grant application.
The Grants Committee will evaluate the request based upon the following criteria:
We do not fund:
For additional questions about Commission for Women grants, please contact the Grants Committee chair: Connie O'Brien at or firstname.lastname@example.org