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The Institute for the Liberal Arts

Major Grants

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The Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College is accepting proposals for projects that will be funded during the 2017-2018 academic year in two categories. Major Grant proposals submitted in both fall 2018and spring 2019 should propose projects that will be carried out between June, 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. Small Grant proposals do not need as much lead time and may be submitted in the same semester that the project will be carried out.

Major Grants

Major grants will be awarded to creative, innovative projects that will make a contribution to education or scholarship in the liberal arts at Boston College and that will need between $2,500 and $25,000 in funding per year. Proposals can request funding beginning in June 2015, and may be submitted by any full-time faculty member at Boston College. Proposals should be submitted via this online submission form to the Center for Centers.

The ILA Board will consider proposals in two cycles. In the fall, we will begin accepting proposals on September 17, 2018 until a fall deadline of November 2, 2018. Decisions about fall proposals will be announced by December 3, 2018, although decisions on some proposals may be deferred until the spring. We will accept proposals in the spring between February 4, 2019 and March 29, 2019, and will announce results by May 3, 2019.

Proposals for smaller projects and speakers are accepted on a rolling basis. There will be pools of money for funding smaller projects needing less than $2,500, and another pool for funding to bring a single speaker to campus.

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Smaller Grants

In addition to the larger grants for up to $25,000, the ILA welcomes proposals for projects to be undertaken during the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 academic years that require smaller amounts of funding up to $2,500. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are committed. Proposals should be submitted to Mary Crane via email and should include a one-page description of the proposal and a budget.

These grants can help fund a conference or symposium that has the majority of its funding from another source. They can be used to bring in a speaker, or can fund activities related to a performance or museum exhibit, or other events that require less than $2,500. They will not normally fund travel and cannot be used to pay for equipment. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary proposals and to proposals that involve Boston College students in some way.


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For help determining your budget and amount to request, please see our Budget Guidelines.