Faculty members of all ranks, administrators, or academic programs or departments in the University may submit proposals to the Center. All proposals must involve projects in keeping with the mission and purpose of the Center. Applicants, including members of the steering committee, may not submit proposals that would benefit themselves financially (By-Laws, Article 5.1).
Standards for Proposals
Proposals to the Center must aim to foster more effective teaching, enhanced scholarly research or creative work, improved morale in the humanities, and/or increases in the number of students majoring or minoring in the humanities. The Center ordinarily will not fund events open only to students enrolled in specific classes.
Budget: Proposals must include an itemized budget of judiciously determined expenses. This budget should be set forth on the proposal cover sheet known as the grant proposal form or from the Program Assistant, Bess Garrett, ext. 2617. A more detailed budget, or an annotated budget, may be provided as part of the proposal, if necessary.
Guest speakers should ordinarily spend no more than one night in Baltimore and should usually stay at a hotel recommended by the University. Receptions should be planned with restraint and according to the status of the speaker, the size of the event, etc. No more than one reception should occur within 24 hours for the same event. Meals for guests should balance hospitality with reasonable economy—restaurant meals should be limited to three or four faculty, students, and/or administrators, selected for professional reasons. Spouses or other guests should reimburse the Center. If circumstances require an exception to any of these guidelines, the reasons for this should be explained in the proposal itself.
Selection of speakers and honoraria: To ensure that the committee is considering realistic program proposals, proposed speakers should be contacted before the proposal is submitted, and tentative commitments secured; at the same time, the amount deemed appropriate for that speaker's honorarium should be confirmed. In cases in which a proposed speaker is unable to make a commitment until closer to the planned event, those planning the event should at least determine from the speaker that it is a realistic possibility that he or she will be willing to come to campus.
The amount of a speaker's honorarium should be commensurate with his or her stature. The Center does not pay honoraria to regular Loyola faculty members. In many cases, affiliate faculty may be reimbursed through the Center's program, Stipends for Affiliate Faculty Sponsoring (or significantly participating in) Programs.
The criteria for approval, applied more rigorously according to the amount of the request, include the following:
- The academic excellence of the proposed program;
- The contribution of the program to its discipline;
- The contribution of the program to interdisciplinary exchange (does the program involve more than one department? does it address interdisciplinary topics?);
- The probable interest of the program to the Loyola community and/or a wider audience;
- Whether funding from other sources has been secured; and
- The extent to which the proposal has followed the guidelines and procedures set forth in this document.
Funds from the Center for the Humanities will not be approved for what can be considered normal University expenditures.
All proposals should include the following:
- Grant proposal form;
- Description of the event or program proposed and an explanation of its benefit to the humanities within its discipline, in the University and/or the local and larger academic communities;
- The backgrounds and credentials for featured speakers;
- More detailed budget than that on the proposal form, if necessary;
- Publicity plans, facility plans, and reservations.
The completed application should be sent electronically to the Program Assistant Bess Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program Assistant sends the applicant, in writing, the Steering Committee's decision, and a brief explanation if the proposal is rejected.
A one-page narrative report and an account of funds spent must be submitted to the director of the Center no more than 30 days after the actual event.
This report should describe the success of the program, any difficulties encountered, the size and composition of the audience, etc.
Proposals for less than $1,000 are due on the last (working) day of the Month, August through April.
Sample Small Grant Proposals
Panel on Public Art: "Whose Space is It, Anyway? Public Art and Collective Memory"
Paul Strom lecture: "Conscience, Past and Present"