We've got some exciting news! RMWCA has developed a new system to award research and travel grants, as well as seed money grants. While we have previously given by travel and seed money grants, RMWCA has not awarded research grants. Our process for awarding the grants was also pretty informal. We've formalized the process in order to ensure that grants can be awarded in a timely and equitable fashion in future.
As an organization, one of the key goals of RMWCA is "to facilitate community and professional development among RMWCA members." Research and travel grants do not be paid back. Seed money grants are used to develop local/regional conferences within RMWCA boundaries and need to be paid back within in 90 days after the event. All members of RMWCA are eligible to apply for the grants. The selection committee will consist of the RMWCA Executive Board, and there are two deadlines for the grants: January 15and August 15of each year. Applications will be evaluated and funds will be dispersed based on the following criteria:
- RMWCA membership
- Financial need
- Representation of an underrepresented demographic
- Not having received funding within the previous year
- Quality of application
- Benefit for general membership (outcomes, inclusion, etc.)
To apply for the grants or seed money go to https://rmwca.wildapricot.org/Travel-&-Research-Grants. You will need to log in to your RMWCA account to access the page.
Thanks for RMWCA President Elect Lisa Bell for heading up the efforts to revise our process.