Proposal Guidelines

Guidelines for grant requests for outreach projects

The guidelines given below are not requirements. The Endowment Committee may consider requests that do not meet some or all of these guidelines.

  1. Typical amounts of grants have been $1500 to $3000. Matching funds from other sources are viewed favorably, but are not required.

  2. These grants are designed for outreach, not merely advancing the research of members of the Society. Outreach to members of the broader meteorite or asteroid community who are not members (such as meteorite collectors and dealers and amateur astronomers) are particularly encouraged. In addition, projects designed to educate the public, including general public groups, teachers, students and scientists in other fields, are also encouraged. Although previous grants have all supported meteorite-oriented activities, ideas related to other fields the Meteoritical Society encompasses (for example, lunar samples, asteroids, and impact craters) are also encouraged.

  3. The Meteoritical Society should be acknowledged by name in any written materials coming from such projects, or in any presentations. This is a requirement.

  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. Requests should be sent to either the Meteoritical Society Secretary or the Chair of the Endowment Committee, and should be received at least two months before funding is needed.

  5. 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, including an estimated number of attendees, a brief description that can be used in explaining the type of programs that have been supported, and a brief critique of what worked well, or did not work well. Negative comments in a critique will not be considered negatively in future requests, particularly if ways to improve are identified.