Simmons Religious Commitment Fund

The Office of Mission and Ministry administers some limited grant funds for projects and course development that extend the mission of the university in significant ways. While each of the grants has a particular focus, all of them contribute toward a more authentic expression of Marquette's mission and identity. Over the years, these grants have been the basis for many important and long-lasting efforts.

If you are a full-time employee, we encourage you to consider applying for those funds that are consistent with the intent of your proposed project or course. The links on this page include guidelines and other helpful information for applicants. Click here to register for the grant.

Eligibility and Focus

Available to Marquette staff and faculty, the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund distributes modest grants up to $2500 for financing projects or providing seed money for programs or events that deepen the Catholic Jesuit identity of Marquette University. Because the grants are relatively small, it is essential that the funds be clearly targeted toward creative projects with obvious implications for the mission of Marquette expressed in faith, excellence, leadership and service.  For the 2015-2016 grant term, an effort will be made to provide an equal numbers of grants to proposals from academic and administrative units. Proposals that are interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, promote diversity, or focus on formation of hearts and minds will receive special consideration.  However, the quality and creativity of the proposals will still be the major determining factor for the grants. We request that there be no more than two proposals from a department, including any that are interdepartmental. 


  • Contact Doug Leonhardt, S.J., Associate Vice President of Mission and Ministry at (414) 288-7837


  • Proposals are accepted from every sector of the university, but must be directly connected with the mission of Marquette.  Proposed events need not take place on campus.
  • Proposals should be submitted through the online application proccess and should be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s chair, director, dean or vice president. All proposals will be posted on the Mission and Ministry website as they are received.
  • Proposals should clearly identify any funding that has been secured from other sources, on and off-campus.  The proposal must indicate the level of present or potential interest and the unmet need for the project.  A proposal that has been previously supported by the Simmons Fund will most likely be denied.  In some cases, conference travel expenses will be funded when the need for travel coincides with the intent of the fund and is critical to the nature of the project or is directly connected with a research project.
  • Proposals must be received in the office of University Mission and Ministry (Zilber Hall, 423) no later than March 20, 2015 in order to be considered for funding for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund Selection Committee.  In cases where there could be a conflict of interest, committee members will absent themselves from the discussion.
  • Recipients will be notified by April 22, 2015 and grant awardees will be able to draw on their funding shortly after July 1, 2015.  Funds must be used by May 1, 2016 and cannot be held over to the next fiscal year. 
  • Each grant recipient will be required to submit a brief narrative and budgetary report on the project by May 15, 2016.  Reports should be sent to the Office of Mission and Ministry.

FY2015 Grant Recipients

  • Tyler Farrell - Department of English
  • Mary Beth Geiser - Department of Physical Therapy
  • Partrick Kennelly - Center for Peacemaking
  • Robert Masson - Department of Theology
  • Maureen McAvoy - College of Professional Studies
  • Linda Piacentine - College of Nursing
  • Nicholas Santos - Department of Marketing
  • Richard Taylor - Department of Philosophy
  • Stephen Saunders - Department of Psychology


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Marquette's Mission

Dedicated to serving God by serving our students, faculty, and staff, Marquette University contributes to the advancement of knowledge by searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith, and developing service leadership in others.

At Marquette, we believe the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong endeavor and education needs to encompass the whole person, through formation of the mind and heart. We are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. All members of the Marquette community, from every faith tradition, give concrete expression to these beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.