To: Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Registered Student Organizations
From: Alberta M. Gloria, Chair, Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee
The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee is soliciting proposals for special projects taking place in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5,000. According to the terms of the original bequest, the committee favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students. 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. Nor is the committee inclined to support exhibitions or lectures because other campus committees (e.g., Anonymous Fund Committee, Lectures Committee) have them as a central funding target. The committee encourages registered student organizations to apply, but departmental/program co-sponsorship is required.
When considering requests for funds, the committee keeps in mind the spirit of the will of Kemper K. Knapp. Included is the following language:
"In general it is my wish that such funds be used for purposes outside the regular curriculum of the university . . . to cultivate in the student body ideals of honesty, sincerity, earnestness, tolerance, and social and political obligations."
How to Apply for Funds
This fall, the Knapp Committee will consider applications for projects taking place during the next (2017-2018) academic year. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 31, 2016. Please submit your application as a single pdf document to the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty at email@example.com. Applicants should be aware that funds are limited.
Please note that the committee has already distributed awards for the current (2016-2017) academic year. However, in circumstances that necessitate taking advantage of special opportunities, the committee will consider applications for projects occurring in the spring semester of the current academic year.
The committee will notify all applicants of its decision by the end of the fall semester (mid-December).
In your application, be as brief and straightforward as possible. A complete application will be a single pdf of the following items in the order below:
We look forward to hearing from you. If you have questions about any of the above instructions, please direct them to me (262-2669; firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Steven K. Smith, Secretary of the Faculty (265-4562; email@example.com)
[The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee comprises faculty members from all four divisions and the chancellor or the chancellor's designee.]
Alberta M. Gloria, Chair
Laurie Mayberry, Chancellor’s Designee
_____Cover letter from department chair or person principally responsible for the project
_____Description of the project (2-3 pages) including
_____Basic plan of the proposed project
_____Why is it important? How will it reach members of the university community?
_____How will it enrich its audience, especially undergraduate students?
_____Who is involved?
_____Which university departments or programs will participate?
_____Is this a new project?
_____Has this project been supported by the Knapp Bequest or other university source in the past?
_____Are there other funding sources?
_____Detailed Budget page including all expenses and all sources of funding
_____Statement indicating when funds will be needed
_____One-page vita of the director of the project
_____Two to three letters of support
_____ Report of activities funded, including the budget and impact statement (for previous Kemper Knapp recipients only)