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Alumni Engagement Grant Program

Building upon UMBC’s 50th Anniversary, the Office of Alumni Engagement is pleased to continue partnering with the campus community to organize opportunities that will engage and connect with over 75,000 alumni. During the 50th, through a grant process we awarded over 30 programs totaling over $100k. We found that this was an excellent way to extend our reach and equip partners with tools to directly engage alumni from their department, program and/or affinity group. Below you will find information about the types of events alumni relations is hoping to fund and the funding process. For additional details, visit the Grant Program FAQs.

Through the grant program, our goal is to build upon the 50th anniversary and continue to offer events and programs that reflect the depth and breadth of UMBC’s intellectual enterprise, its social and cultural life, and the university’s service to the larger community.

Types of Programs to be Funded
We encourage alumni and campus partners to collaborate on programs and initiatives that will highlight the alumni engagement pathways (Attend, Give, Hire, Share, Update, Volunteer). To that end, we are soliciting applications for events and programming focusing on alumni in several categories:

  • Already existing events that need additional funding and resources to attract and engage alumni.
  • New events that re-connect and engage alumni with the UMBC community.
  • Events that connect alumni with current students around professional and career development topics.
  • Events that include three or more of the alumni engagement pathways.

Funding Process
Funding is currently available for initiatives in fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) and we are accepting applications on a rolling basis.  In the application form, we ask that you tell us about your new or existing event or program, and provide us the names of the planning committee. The alumni engagement staff will act as a resource, however will not be able to serve as a primary event planner.

We have assembled an FAQ that will help you refine your proposal, and are happy to consult with you during the application window if you have questions. For questions or more information, contact Sara Lerma Jones, associate director of alumni engagement, at 410-455-2276 or slj@umbc.edu.

Thank you for collaborating with us to expand the events and programming to celebrate UMBC!