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Apply for Friends Gift Shop Funding

Friends funding is open to all units within Michigan Medicine and to community programs that benefit Michigan Medicine patients, their families, staff wellness and the community which meet the Mission of Friends. 

Application for Funding
Our Mission

Friends of Michigan Medicine (hereafter known as Friends), is an organization that is comprised of staff and volunteers which generates revenue through gift shop operations to provide funding for programs and projects that support Michigan Medicine patients, their families, and staff.  In addition, Friends will support outside programs that promote the health, welfare, and education of the community, in accordance with the goals and objectives of MM.  

This committee consists of approximately 5-8 members that share their knowledge, expertise and insight for each application request for funding. 

Questions about applying for funding Contact:
Waitzy Brown
Administrative Assistant, Michigan Medicine Friends Gift Shop Advisory Board

Funding Application Process

After a thorough review and discussion, the Funding Committee provides funding applicant recommendations to the Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board. We look forward to receiving your applications and will notify you after the board makes a decision.

The Michigan Medicine Friends Advisory Board and Gift Shops is a nonprofit organization. The Friends Advisory Board governs the Michigan Medicine Gift Shops and Friends Committees.

Funding has been granted to support:

  • Health education in the community
  • Enrichment of the hospital environment
  • Off-site and in-house programs for patients
  • Construction and equipment used by patients

Past Funding Recipients

Past and current recipients of funding include Trail's Edge Camp for ventilator-dependent children, Trauma Burn Community Outreach programs, the Health System Child Care Center, Wilmot House, Transplant House, the Ronald McDonald House, the Depression Education Resource Center, and Arts in Health programs and more.

How to apply: Application and guidelines
  1. Complete the online application and submit by the quarterly deadlines (The 1st of December, March, June, or September) for review at the next meeting. Incomplete applications will be returned. The Friends Funding Committee reviews applications quarterly (January, April, July and October). 
  2. Funding must be approved by department leadership (Director, Dept Head) and, if needed, MM Corporate Compliance Office. You will be notified of this prior to the Friends Funding Committee quarterly review. 
  3. Requests may be delayed if applications are incomplete or further information is needed. To allow approval as quickly as possible, please provide complete and detailed information to include attaching quotes, photos etc.  
  4. Projects requiring installation, construction or structural adjustments/changes must have prior approval from the appropriate departments with estimates and proposal plan submitted with the request.  
  5. We are unable to fund the following:
    • Salaries or consultant fees 
    • Research projects  
    • Fundraising events and/or related costs associated  
    • Sponsorships and/or related costs associated  
    • Medical procedures, devices, or equipment 
    • Scholarships 
    • Inducement/Incentives of any kind.  
    • Standard department equipment, to include all electronic equipment, such as computers, laptops, tablets, printers. 
    • Standard department operational expenses: such as materials for education of hospital staff 
    • A request that more properly fits another funding area such as (OPE/PEAC) Office of Patient Experience, Patient Education Awards Committee (such as patient geared material etc.) or Department budgets will be suggested to the applicant. 
  6. Applicants requesting funds may be asked to make a short presentation outlining the proposed project and goals to the Friends Gift Shops Funding Committee and/or Advisory Board members. 
  7. Applicants agree, that if approved for funding, to follow up with Friends within 3 months of the project/program completion date sharing the outcome of the request. In person presentations and photos are encouraged.  

Please contact the Friends Advisory Board Administrative Assistant if you need any assistance with the application at [email protected]. 


  • First and last name of applicant
  • Email address
  • Number
  • Title of person filling out application
  • Organization address
  • Project name
  • Director, Nurse, Department Head (if different from above)
  • First and last name of applicant 
  • Email address
  • Number
  • Title of person filling out application
  • Does the project involve incentives/inducements? (Such as giving items to the target group)

ChartField information below:

  • Fund
  • Department
  • Program
  • Sub-class
  • Project grant (optional) 
  • Shortcode (optional) 

Interior Design and Structural Adjustments:

  • Does the project involve artwork, interior design, structural adjustments, remodel etc.? Upload supporting documents such as appropriate department approval, designs, artwork etc is REQUIRED.
  • Organization Mission?
  • How long is the duration of your project?
  • Date funding is needed
  • Proposed start date?
  • Proposed completion date?
  • Currently being funded by Friends include: 
    • Project/Program Name?
    • Month & Year?
    • Amount Granted $?
    • Has this project been funded before?

General Information about the Program or Project:

  • Amount requesting of Friends $?
  • Total amount of project/program?
  • Long term strategies for maintaining funding for this project?
  • Does your agency/department have sufficient unrestricted cash?
  • Is this a one-time or repeat request?
  • Is partial funding helpful?
  • Target audience and number of people it will serve
  • How did your department decide on the target group?  What is needed?  Where: location(s) for (if applicable)? and When is this project/program? 
  • Goal of the project outcome?
  • Purpose of Grant? 
  • Grant summary?
  • Overall department/agency's project relate to the mission of your agency?
  • Describe services your program/project will provide? 
  • Sustainability of the program/project?
  • 3-year forecast of agency's 3-5 goals with this project?
  • Seeking funding from other sources yes or no.  If yes, what sources? If no, why not?
  • Other revenue sources for this project & amount? 
  • If approved, what will the funding cover? 


  • Ability to upload statements, invoices, estimates, vendors, descriptions etc.
  • Can I finish my application later? 
    By default, respondents have 1 month to return to the survey and finish their response. After a month, their response will be recorded as is (incomplete). 
    Because “Allow respondents to finish later” uses cookies to save a respondent’s progress, it will only work as long as your respondent returns to the survey on the same internet browser on the same computer to finish the survey. If your Employee Engagement, Employee Lifecycle, or survey project has an authenticator, the "Allow respondents to finish later" option will not work.
  • What will be needed on the online application?  
    Visit the drop-down "What to expect to find with the online portal."
  • Would we be notified if we are not selected?  
    You will be notified either selected or declined. 
  • What is the timeframe for notification of receiving this funding?
    After a thorough review and discussion, the Funding Committee provides funding applicant recommendations to the MM Friends Advisory Board discuss and vote.  This can be within a month to upwards of 2 months depending on when the next Board meeting is scheduled on the calendar.  

If your departmental request for funding meets our funding guidelines above, fill out the MM Friends Advisory Board online funding application.

Friends do not fund fee-generating equipment for the hospitals, direct salary support, materials for the education of hospital staff or research projects.

Interior Design and Structural Adjustments Requirements

If you have not received approval by the appropriate department(s) see the provided list below to contact prior to filling out the MM Friends Fund Application online.

Pre-Approval contacts: Each department is responsible for specific locations of the UM.  Please contact them for authorization, approval and estimates prior to submitting an application to Friends for funding.  The online fund application portal will have a section that you will be required to upload the supporting document(s).  

  1. Facility Planning & Development: 
  2. Artwork:
    Stephanie Sarna
    Project Manager, CW Administration
    [email protected]
  3. Elaine Sims (UH, CVC & Cancer Ctr)
    Director of Gifts of Art
    [email protected]
  4. Building Manager:
  5. Construction quotes: