Saint Louis University

Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant

Through a competitive grant funding process, the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant will help financially support individual leadership development opportunities and community impact projects that advance women.

Overview

In 2016, the Saint Louis University Women's Commission established the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant with initial endowed support from an anonymous Women's Commission member and Woman of the Year award winner in 1994.

The purpose of the Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial Grant is to support the mission of the Women's Commission, which is to educate, enrich, and empower the women of Saint Louis University by providing funding to connect women with opportunities that foster their personal and professional development.

Giving Criteria
The Women's Commission has an interest in funding projects, programs, and leadership opportunities that promote the interests, issues, and concerns of the women at Saint Louis University in two strategic areas:

1. Individual Leadership Development
2. Community Impact for the Advancement of Women

Awards are based on the following selection criteria:

➢ Alignment with the mission and strategic direction of the Women's Commission
➢ Impact of the project, program, or leadership opportunity for the individual or on the community
➢ Innovation and creativity
➢ Validity of proposed budget and budget narrative
➢ Quality of written proposal
➢ Women's Commission's budget

The Women's Commission Endowment Committee will review all applications for funding. The committee's recommendations are subject to final approval by the Women's Commission Executive Board.

Eligibility
All members of the Saint Louis University community, with the exception of students graduating in the current academic year, are welcome to apply. Members include any Saint Louis University student, faculty, or staff member.

Award Amount
The Women's Commission intends to fund at least one project annually. Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and according to the amount of funds available. Applicants may submit an application for grant funding annually; however Sister Shirley Kolmer Memorial grants are single year awards only. Multi-year funding commitments will not be awarded. In the past, the Women's Commission funded individual requests in the range of $500-$1000. This range can be used as a general guideline for your funding request; however, the amount that you request is at your discretion and should reflect an amount suitable to make an impact on your project or program.
Grant Process and Timeline
Download the grant application from the Women's Commission website: www.slu.edu/womens-commission. Submit application electronically to wc@slu.edu.

An applicant may submit only one proposal per fiscal year.

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM on January 31. Should January 31 fall on a weekend, proposals are due the following business day.

Questions regarding the submission or review process should be directed to the Endowment Committee Chair of the Women's Commission, Beth-Anne Yakubu (byakubu@slu.edu).

Important Dates/Grant Application Timeline:

Grant Recipient's Obligations
▪ Submit a written report at the conclusion of the grant period, due June 30, 2018, which provides a status of the project/program, measures success and impact based on details outlined in the grant application, and gives an accounting of the project budget
▪ Present an overview of the funded project, program, or leadership opportunity, along with its outcomes and impact to the Executive Board
▪ Attend the Women of the Year Luncheon to be recognized for receiving the grant and attend the following year to be recognized for completion of the grant requirements
▪ Willingness to promote the award, including, but not limited to, photos, interviews, social media posts
▪ Acknowledge funding support by Women's Commission in written materials pertaining to the project/program and during presentations on the project/program


Terms and Conditions
▪ Grant recipient agrees to allow the Women's Commission to publicize her name, award amount, and description of her funded project, initiative, or leadership opportunity.
▪ In performing any activities reasonably related to a sponsored project, all parties shall comply with all applicable provisions of federal, state, and local laws; rules; and Saint Louis University policies and regulations in effect at the time of such activities.
▪ The applicants must identify whether projects include the use of human subjects, animals, hazardous materials, etc. In the event an award is made, the applicant must have the appropriate committee approval(s), e.g., Institutional Review Board (IRB), Animal Care Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, etc., prior to the start of the project.
▪ This grant application solicitation and any proposal submitted in response does not authorize applicants submitting proposals to proceed with any work nor make any financial commitments until awards have been formally announced in writing.
▪ The Women's Commission reserves the right to:

  • award funding to one or more applicants
  • not grant an award
  • cancel the proposal solicitation
  • conduct discussions or negotiations with any or all candidates submitting proposals

▪ The grants awarded are based on the availability of funds and the applicant's individual needs.

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