Gifts and Grants

Guidelines for Grants Requests

The Endowment Committee will consider requests for funding to support activities that further the goals of the Meteoritical Society.  The guidelines given below are not requirements.  The Endowment Committee may consider requests that may go beyond some of these guidelines.
  1. In general, grant requests should not exceed $5,000, although higher amounts have been awarded on occasion in the past.  Matching funds from other sources are viewed favorably, but are not required.
  2. Funds may be awarded for any activity that furthers the goals of the Meteoritical Society.  However, preference will be given to those activities that lie outside of the normal Society activities and activities typically funded by government agencies.  The goal is to introduce meteoritics and space science to a wider audience and to provide opportunities to those who would not otherwise have them. Funds are not given to individuals but to programs, conferences, workshops, etc.  In general workshops associated with the Annual Meeting should be self-supporting.
  3. Proposals can be submitted at any time, but will be considered twice a year, starting on January 15 and June 15.  Decisions will be reached at the Council meeting in March and at the Annual Meeting in the summer.  Requests should be sent to the Meteoritical Society Secretary.
  4. Requests should include the amount requested, other sources of funding (or sponsoring organizations), a tentative budget for how the funding will be used, and a description of the planned activity that is detailed enough for a diverse group of members of the Society to be able to make an informed decision.  The submission should be planned so that it is considered in the regular evaluation periods, allowing a Council decision at least three months before funding is needed.
Each grant comes with the following conditions:
  1. The Meteoritical Society should be acknowledged by name in any written materials coming from such projects or in any presentations.
  2. A one-page summary of the activity should be sent to the Meteoritical Society Secretary or the Chair of the Endowment Committee within one year of completion of the project.  This summary should include a brief description that can be used to illustrate the types of programs that have been supported, the number of people who participated in the program, and a brief critique of what worked well and what did not work well.  The goal is to assist future grant recipients in making their project successful.  Negative comments in the critique will not be considered negatively in future requests.