Special University Funds
This document is a brief description of Special University funds including: Anonymous, Knapp, Brittingham, Evjue, Grad School committee, Lectures Committee, Brittingham Scholars, Nave, Includes contacts and links for additional information on these grants.
Below is a brief list of the more substantial University discretionary funds derived from bequests and gift and grant sources that may be available on application to assist in funding activities of interest to L&S departments. Where not otherwise indicated, consult the Secretary of the Faculty (2-3956) for the current chair of the particular committee and more information about its funding policies. See also https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/page.php?id=28854 for, Warf, other Named Professorships and Other Faculty Awards.
1. Anonymous Fund. Purpose: To enhance the artistic and cultural life of the University; one of the larger University trust funds; administered by a committee appointed by the Chancellor and chaired by the L&S Associate Dean for Humanities. For more information about the Anonymous Fund, please see the knowledge base document at https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/page.php?id=22144 .
2. Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee. Purpose: to support projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the University community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduates. Knapp funds are not often used for purposes that can and should be supported elsewhere, such as from regular grants or research funding, from fees charged for performances, or from the regular University budget. Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5000. The committee's annual call for proposals is usually issued in early September, and is posted online at http://www.secfac.wisc.edu/knapp/
3. Brittingham Trust. Purpose: to support general University objectives with emphasis on projects in the arts and humanities, innovative or experimental projects that subsequently may be funded through traditional sources, interdisciplinary activities, and special projects that will contribute to the University's knowledge base or provide distinctive learning experiences for students or faculty. The bequest is controlled by outside trustees mostly from the Brittingham family; grants are made on a calendar year basis; applications should be directed to Eden Inoway-Ronnie Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost through the Dean by August 31 for consideration by the Trustees each October. Send a one to two page application outlining the program need to Eden by the end of August; be sure to include a summary paragraph and a detailed budget. For further information, contact Eden Inoway-Ronnie at 5-5975 or firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Evjue Foundation. Purpose: to support programs and initiatives that support the university and city or county communities. The Foundation is administered by an independent board of trustees. Grants are made on a calendar year basis; applications should be directed to Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost. Send a one to two page application outlining the program need to Eden by the last Friday in February for consideration by the Board in May/June; be sure to include a summary paragraph and a detailed budget. Contact Eden Inoway-Ronnie at 5-5975 or email@example.com for further information.
5. Graduate School Research Committee. Purpose: to support faculty research; substantial funds derived from grants from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF); in addition to faculty research grants, the Committee administers Romnes Research Fellowships for promising younger faculty members, the WARF Mid-Career Award, and WARF Research Professorships for outstanding senior faculty members; the Committee is appointed and chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School; applications and nominations are normally due in September for consideration for funding the following year. For further information contact Russell Schwalbe at 2-8386 or consult the Fall Competition Announcement, http://grad.wisc.edu/resfunding/
6. Lectures Committee. Purpose: to support lectures of interest to the wider university community; the committee funds an honorarium of $300 or $600, plus travel and expenses according to State guidelines, and publicizes the lecture. Committee policy limits funding to no more than two lecture proposals per eligible unit per fiscal year, with the provision that the proposed lectures cannot take place during the same semester. Applicants should provide evidence of financial support by the sponsoring and co-sponsoring units. The committee chair is appointed by the University Committee and other members are appointed by the chancellor, the divisional committees, ASEC and ASM. Applications, reviewed monthly, are due by the 15th of each month. Applications may be obtained online at http://www.secfac.wisc.edu/awards-lectures.htm#acc-panel-329.
7. Brittingham Visiting Scholars. Purpose: provides funding to enrich small upper-level courses or seminars for undergraduates by bringing distinguished visitors to the classroom to introduce advanced students to those working "in the field" who can contribute directly to the knowledge and skills students will need upon graduation. Budgets of up to $2,500 will be considered; proposals due in the Provost's office in February each year. Contact the Office of the Vice Provosts for Teaching and Learning, http://provost.wisc.edu/teach.htm.
8. Cyril B. Nave Bequest. Purpose: to support faculty research and program activities related to Latin America; administered by a committee appointed by the Chancellor and chaired by the L&S Dean; applications may be considered at any time.