NOTE: In addition to submitting your electronic request for proposal, you will be
expected to present your project in person to the Gifts and Grants Committee of The
Ferris Foundation Board of Directors.
The Ferris Foundation, acting under the authority of its Board of Directors, respectfully
requests the submission of proposals from those who are interested in pursuing projects
that demonstrate exceptional merit in advancing the mission of Ferris State University.
To foster academic collaboration and maximize academic project initiatives, extra
consideration (more weight) will be given to projects that have obtained outside funding
from partnering with business and industry or outside government agencies toward the
estimated proposal total.
Please click on the right menu to view the mission and purpose of The Ferris Foundation.
Grant awards will not exceed $7,500 and are not renewable, however, previously funded
projects may be considered by The Ferris Foundation.
Funds have been established to support projects that represent the innovative and
collaborative spirit of Ferris State University, including (but not limited to) the
following types of endeavors:
Matching grant expenses
Research or special projects that involve students
Faculty, and/or other expert participation
Enhancing faculty expertise or funding equipment dedicated to specific programmatic
**It is not the intent of the grant to fund/provide direct compensation for faculty/staff.
Student salaries are considered on a case by case basis.
Proposals will be submitted in electronic format and provide the following information
to the extent that it is available:
Grant Application Cover Sheet: Please print and use the online cover sheet; it must be complete and include the proper signatures.
Narrative: A brief description of the project being proposed and the desired outcomes
(maximum 1 page). When completing the narrative portion, please be brief and concise.
Relevance: Please share the relevance of the project and how this aligns with the
mission of Ferris State University.
Timeline: Please outline the timeline.
Names and Qualifications: The names and qualifications of all individuals who are
substantially responsible for pursuing the proposal's objectives.
Dissemination: Please describe how you will disseminate the results of your project
to the University, community, and your greater academic/professional community.
Budget: A complete project budget which details how grant funds will be used. The
budget should also describe the extent to which any additional resources beyond The
Foundation's grant are needed and have been committed to the project.
If requesting equipment, assess the distribution/disposal upon completion of project.
Food and beverage expenses will not be funded and therefore shall be excluded from
the amount requested from the Foundation.
For ongoing projects, please include a discussion of financial sustainability of the
project or initiative.
Grant Application Submission Guidelines
Proposals received after 5:00 p.m. on the final day of submission or not adhering
to the guidelines will not be accepted or considered.
Please contact Kim Erickson at the Foundation Office (231-591-2365) if you have any
questions regarding the process.
Recipients must create two reports – a mid-year report due in December and a final
report due in April .
Although there are many exceptional proposals submitted, funding is limited. Only
those that best meet the criteria will ultimately be funded.
Only those proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered.
In preparing your proposal, it is important to communicate with your Dean/Department
Head/Chair or Vice President/supervisor and arrange for signatures within the allowed
time period. Applications without proper signatures will not be considered.
Yes. Contact Foundation Assistant Kim Erickson by email at [email protected]or by phone at (231) 591-2365.
Call Mary Kay MacIver at (231) 591-3739. She can walk you through it, or she is happy
to have you make an appointment to see her for assistance.
If your question is not listed here, please email Foundation assistant Kim Erickson
at [email protected].