Funding Opportunities

Have a big idea but lacking the resources to get started? There are a variety of ways to access funding both within and outside of UMN.

Fundings are organized in the following categories:


Click on a category above or scroll down to explore potential funding opportunities!



Lynn Johnson – Johnson Brothers Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

The scholarship will support full-time UMTC juniors and seniors, with financial need, who have a strong, demonstrated interest in entrepreneurial initiatives.


Acara Challenge

Have a project idea that addresses a pressing social and/or environmental challenge that you want to see come to life?
The Acara Challenge is an annual competition to fund student changemakers who are developing solutions to address social and/or environmental challenges.

Up to $5,000

Ecolab Sustainability Experiential Ed Scholarship

Ecolab Sustainability Internship Scholarships provide support for UMN Twin-Cities Undergraduates who are interested in an Institute on the Environment-identified unpaid internships focused on sustainability studies and/or environmental grand challenges, and have financial need.

Up to $1,500

MN Cup

Startup Competition. Seed Funding. Mentorship. Pitch Coaching. Exposure. Connection to experts. For all Minnesotans. From any industry. For free. We’re here to help people with big ideas. We want those ideas to become viable startups, and for those startups to change our state.

$500K awarded annually across 9 divisions.

Seed Capital Funds

Grants of up to $3,000 to fund customer discovery or prototype development


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides University of Minnesota undergraduates from every college, major, and discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research or creative projects.


Grand Challenge UROP

GC UROP provides opportunities for undergraduates to earn a scholarship by partnering with a faculty member on one of the many Grand Challenges research grants.



Student Unions and Activities Grants
Student Unions & Activities Grants are available to assist with expenses related to student group and departmental events adn programs, as well as professional development opportunities for individual students. Funding is not available for student group start-up or general operating costs (i.e. group supplies, meetings, practices, trainings, auditions / try-outs, recruitment events, weekly/biweekly occurences, etc.) 
Grants range from $500 - $1,500 see grant find grant eligiblity here

Minnesota Student Association Event Grants

Minnesota Student Association Event Grants serve to help student groups at the University of Minnesota put on events that enhance the student body experience. Events funded by Grants are open to all students and help foster a better experience for students. Event Grants can sponsor promotional materials for the event, venue costs, honoraria for a speaker, and portions of food expenses, among other things.

Max $900 for single student organization / $1,350 for two or more student organizations

Minnesota Student Association Supply Grants

Supply Grants serve to help ensure student groups are able to effectively operate, allowing groups to enhance the student body experience and create communities for opportunities for tighter bonds between students. Supply Grants can be used for many different types of expenses student groups may incur. However, we are NOT supplying grants for food or apparel.

Max $600

Food Donation Program

University of Minnesota Dining Services has created a food donation program to enhance and build community at the University of Minnesota.




The Echoing Green Fellowship

Through our two-year, full-time Fellowship, we find people working on a plan to make the world better in a big way. Then we help them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and communities they need to bring their ideas to life.




  Target audience Amount

OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The OVPR COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants aim to catalyze and energize small-scale research projects designed to address and mitigate the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic, including cascading impacts in communities.

Note: Funding is available if you apply before May 31st 2020

Full-time faculty or P&A researchers at the University of Minnesota $5,000-$10,000

IonE Mini Grants

Institute on the Environment Mini Grants are designed to support and spark collaborative projects addressing environmental and sustainability issues across the University of Minnesota five-campus system, Extension, and outreach centers. These grants of up to $3,000 may be used for a range of research, leadership, education, storytelling, and outreach activities.

Students with relevant projects can apply, though they must have a PI for the team. $3,000