Campus Kitchen offers bite-sized grants for student groups

Do you have an idea about how to reduce hunger and food waste in our community? Submit your proposal to the Detroit Mercy Campus Kitchen bite-sized grant competition before Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 11:59 p.m. Proposals must include a collaborative, student-led program that promotes food justice in Detroit.

Finalists will be selected to present at a live pitch competition in March, where a panel of judges and an audience will select a winner. With support from the Student Government Association, a $500 and $250 grant will be awarded to the first- and second-place proposal, respectively. Winning applicants will launch the new programs in the 2019-20 school year.

Possible focus areas include food waste reduction, improving food security in nearby neighborhoods or supporting urban agriculture through service. For more information, contact Campus Kitchen staff coordinator Clara Gamalski at or 313-993-1494.


  1. All Detroit Mercy students who will be enrolled in the 2019-20 school year are eligible.
  2. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or teams.
  3. Students may submit more than one proposal for different projects.
  4. Projects will be judged on creativity and feasibility.
  5. Projects must support Campus Kitchen’s Mission and Vision.
  6. Projects can be recurring programs or one-time events.
  7. Applicants must have a partner organization for this project. If it’s a community program, a community organization must be on-board. If it’s a campus event, an on-campus organization or office must be on-board.

All applicants who meet submission requirements will receive an Emerging Leaders Program credit of +1 Leadership Development.