The deadline for this year’s final round of Small Grants applications has now passed, and the program is temporarily closed. We’ll be revising the guidelines and then reopening the program in May under the framework of our 2018-2021 grant from the Mellon Foundation. An announcement will be made on AMICAL Connect when the program reopens and new applications may be submitted.
Applications should be drafted, and submitted via the Small Grant Application form (currently disabled), by the Small Grant “Applicant”. The Applicant is the person responsible for completion of the activity as planned, accounting for the use of awarded funds, and reporting on the activity after completion. In cases of activities involving more than one person, the Applicant is considered the grant’s PI (principal investigator) and the project/team leader.
The Applicant should share their activity description and budget with their institution’s AMICAL representative before submitting the form to ensure that the representative will endorse it.
The AMICAL representative will receive a copy of the submitted form. The representative should forward this to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief statement that they endorse it, meaning that they believe it responds adequately to the review criteria.
Applications are received and reviewed by the Grant Review Committee according to a schedule shared on the AMICAL website. The Grant Review Committee is composed of the voting members of AMICAL’s Coordinating Committee. In cases where the Small Grant applicant is from the same institution as a member of the Grant Review Committee, the Committee member recuses themselves from discussion and evaluation of that application.
Applications are evaluated according to the review criteria. The Review Committee may call on a standing committee chair to provide an expert opinion on applications related to a committee’s work. The chair may in turn seek input from their committee members if necessary.
In cases where an application is potentially fundable but falls short for certain criteria, a revision of the application may be requested; in such cases, the review committee (or the committee consulted) will try to provide feedback on how to improve the application.
If you plan to submit a revised application, it’s preferable to submit it at least a month before the next Small Grant application deadline. This will help the Review Committee to recall more easily your application, and your application will avoid being reviewed in competition with a new group of applications.
Revised applications should be submitted with the normal Small Grant application form, referencing the original application in the comments. Be sure to follow the guidelines carefully and cover thoroughly any issues raised in the Review Committee’s response. The substantially new or changes elements of the application should be highlighted in some way, to draw reviewers’ attention to the changes.
Notification of decision
In all cases, the review committee will provide a response to the applicant within two weeks of the periodic deadline following submission, or within two weeks of receiving the revised application.