Academic Affairs

Interfaith Mini-Grant

Viterbo University Interfaith Integration Excellence Mini-Grants 

Purpose 

  • The purpose of the Interfaith Integration Excellence (IIE) mini-grant is to encourage the integration of interfaith opportunities for the Viterbo community through curriculum and/or co-curricular programming and activities. The focus on interfaith integration is part of the broader strategic plan objectives related to diversity, civility, and inclusion.  
  • Funding for the mini-grants has been made possible through the Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence Institute in which several Viterbo faculty and staff participated this past summer. The mini-grants support the following stated goal: Increase interfaith awareness and interfaith accommodation campus-wide. 
  • The mini-grant process is designed to lower typical barriers for innovative programming including departmental budget constraints, restrictions on use of funds, and inflexible grant deadlines. Grant funds may be used to subsidize costs for programming and activities such as transportation for field trips to interfaith sites (e.g., a visit to a mosque), curricular materials, an honorarium for a guest speaker, supplies, and / or food for events featuring an interfaith theme.  

Note: Funding requests for food should be consistent with the goal of increasing interfaith awareness, e.g., celebrating a Seder meal to emphasize Jewish food practices. Funding for food that is used primarily to incentivize attendance, e.g., free pizza, should come from other campus budgets. 

Eligibility 

  • All Viterbo University employees are eligible to apply for funds for student programming.

Application 

  • Proposals will be accepted October 1, 2018 – April 1, 2019 on a rolling basis.  

Notification of Awards 

  • Proposals will be reviewed by the grant review committee on a first-come, first-serve basis through April 1, 2019. Notification of funding decisions will be emailed to applicants within one week of receipt of proposals.  

Funding 

  • The total budget available for mini-grants is $4000. Unlike other internal grants on campus, the mini-grants can be used for transportation and food (see restrictions above). Applicants for IIE mini-grants that exceed $1000 are strongly encouraged to consider leveraging other internal funding. (For example, applicants are eligible to receive both an IIE mini-grant and a HIPPI grant for the same project.)  
  • Awarded funds must be spent prior to May 31, 2019. Specific details about how to access the funds will be included in the award notification email. 

Application Process 

  • To submit a proposal, please complete all sections of the online application by clicking here.

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