The ICMA announces a new grant opportunity with the Whiting Foundation, due 15 April 2019


ICMA deadline for summary proposals: April 15, 2019

The ICMA is pleased to announce that we will serve as a nominating body for the Whiting Foundation's programs supporting public-facing scholarship in the 2020–21 competition cycle. The foundation describes these funding opportunities as "designed to celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement" at an early-career stage. We are invited to nominate one or two proposals by full-time faculty at accredited US institutions of higher learning. To be eligible for the grants, faculty must be tenure-track, tenured in the last five years, or full-time adjunct at a comparable early-career status. Nominees may apply to either of the Whiting's funding programs, depending on the stage of development of their project:

  • Fellowship of $50,000 for projects far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public.

  • Seed Grant of up to $10,000 for projects at a somewhat earlier stage of development, where more modest resources are needed to test or pilot a project or to collaborate with partners to finalize the planning for a larger project and begin work.

Detailed guidelines and recommendations for the full proposals required by the Foundation are available online at (see esp. Appendix 2 for proposal components).

For consideration as an ICMA nominee, please submit a cv, a 2-page summary proposal of your project, and a working budget, to Ryan Frisinger by April 15, 2019. Click here to submit.

Your summary proposal should detail the nature and scope of the project specifying desired outcomes, the communities you hope to work with and your plan to engage them, and partners (if any) with which you will collaborate.. Project proposals will be reviewed by representatives of the ICMA Advocacy and Grants & Awards Committees. Successful nominees will be informed by mid-May to allow time for the expansion and submission of the proposal to the Foundation, due on June 14.

If you have questions at any time, please contact Beatrice Kitzinger ( and Nina Rowe (