Multicultural Council Grant

About the Grant

The Multicultural Council Grant (MCC Grant) provides funding for MSC affiliated Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for multicultural programs on the UW-Madison campus.


The Multicultural Council began in 1973, 15 years before the Multicultural Student Center was founded in 1988, to improve the cultural climate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison by increasing the number of events that celebrate and represent the cultures of students of color. The MCC Grant is one of the university’s first commitments to its student organizations of color. The grant is funded by the Chancellor’s Office and the Multicultural Student Center (MSC). The MCC provides funding to Registered Student Organizations (RSO’s) for programs which encourage and celebrate multiculturalism.

Our Mission

The MCC seeks to enhance campus climate for students of color by supporting on-campus events that:

  • Foster social justice & inclusion
  • Provide significant leadership & decision making experiences for students of color
  • Student Organization’s primary responsibility is to Multiculturalism
  • Support the interests and needs of students of color and their allies
  • Encourage relationship building within/or across racial/ethnic campus communities 
  • Support events that seek to spread cultural awareness

Event Criteria

Mission Alignment

All funding requests must align with the mission of the Multicultural Student Center, which is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. In addition, funding requests must meet two or more of the following four requirements:

  • Educational in Scope: Social Justice Education, Cultural Education, Identity Exploration and/or incorporated into classroom education
  • Fosters Leadership Development: Event Planning, Critical Thinking, and/or Problem Solving (for participants) And Professional Networking, Employment Seeking Skills, Exposure to career options, etc.
  • Fosters Community Development: Relationship Building [within & across racial/ethnic communities], Heritage & Awareness Observations, Participation in Campus-wide events (Welcome Week, Homecoming, Parents Weekend, etc.)

Eligibility

To meet eligibility requirements for the MCC Grant, RSO’s must be affiliated with the MSC or be an NPHC or MGC organization, in good standing with CfLI, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The RSO has already received an ASM Event Grant for that semester
  • The RSO has already applied for an ASM Event Grant for the semester and is on the waitlist for an ASM hearing.
  • The RSO has applied for ASM funding within the semester
  • ASM is out of funds for the academic year
  • The RSO is applying for funding for items ASM can not provide, such as food and beverages

*Note: Your event must be free and open to UW students and campus community*

Funds can be used for:

  • Printing through University Services
  • Space Rental (on campus)
  • Equipment Rental
  • Lodging (at the state rate)
  • Food and Beverage
  • Honorarium

Apply for Event Grant

More detailed information about requirements for the MCC Grant can be found on the 2023-24 MCC Grant Policy Manual.

When to Apply

MCC Event Grant – Spring 2024 Deadlines

For food, printing, space rental, and equipment rental requests:

For Events Between Application Deadline
Jan. 23 – Feb. 6 Jan. 9
Feb. 7 – 20 Jan. 14
Feb. 21 – March 5 Jan. 28
March 6 – 19 Feb. 11
March 20 – April 8 Feb. 25
April 9 – 23 March 10
April 23 – May 4 March 31

 

For honoraria and lodging requests:

For Events Between Application Deadline
Feb. 7 – 20 Jan. 14
Feb. 21 – March 5 Jan. 28
March 6 – 19 Feb. 11
March 20 – April 8 Feb. 25
April 9 – 23 March 10
April 23 – May 4 March 31

Deadlines are Sundays at 11:59pm

*If you are requesting to fund multiple items for one event with different deadlines, then they must apply by the earlier deadline. For example, if a student org is applying for honoraria and food for an event, then they must apply by the honoraria deadline.

MCC Grant Board

Funding decisions are made by the MCC Grant Board, which is composed of student representatives from registered student organizations affiliated with the MSC. The Board is advised by Kiki McCance, Organizational Development Specialist.

Responsibilities of the MCC Grant Board include:

  • Distribution of MCC funds for programs which embody the mission of the Multicultural Student Center 
  • Advocate for the needs of all multicultural communities 
  • Serve at minimum a semester term

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to our FAQ sheet for the grant, and if you still have questions, please contact: MCC Grant Administrator, mcc@studentlife.wisc.edu.

After you submit your grant

After your grant has been submitted your application will appear in your My Submissions section of your WIN page, which you should be automatically directed to.