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. 

To apply or if you have questions, contact Brigid Kinsella-Alba, Coordinator of Mission Programs, at or (414) 288-1881.

Eligibility and Focus

Available to Marquette staff and faculty, the Edward D. Simmons Religious Commitment Fund distributes modest grants up to $2,500 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.   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.


  • 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 accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s chair, director, dean or vice president. 
  • 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 will be reviewed by the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund Selection Committee. In cases where there could be a conflict of interest, committee members will remove themselves from the discussion.