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Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee seeks proposals for projects that benefit UW community, particularly undergrads

The Kemper K. Knapp Bequest Committee is soliciting proposals for special projects taking place in the 2021-2022 academic year. We recognize that with the ongoing concerns of COVID-19 some projects that would normally apply for Kemper K. Knapp grants may end up being postponed or switched to virtual formats. If you submit a proposal and end up needing an extension or to make other changes, please email admin@secfac.wisc.edu with any questions.

Knapp grants are usually in the range of $500 to $5,000. According to the terms of the original bequest, the committee favors projects that cross departmental lines and have an impact on the educational and cultural life of the university community, particularly projects that benefit undergraduate students. Knapp funds are not often used for purposes that can and should be supported elsewhere, such as from regular grants or research funding, from fees charged for performances, or from the regular university budget. Nor is the committee inclined to support exhibitions or lectures because other campus committees (e.g., Anonymous Fund Committee, Lectures Committee) have them as a central funding target. The committee encourages registered student organizations to apply, but departmental/program co-sponsorship is required.

When considering requests for funds, the committee keeps in mind the spirit of the will of Kemper K. Knapp. Included is the following language:

“In general it is my wish that such funds be used for purposes outside the regular curriculum of the university . . . to cultivate in the student body ideals of honesty, sincerity, earnestness, tolerance, and social and political obligations.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 6, 2020. For application instructions and additional information on the Kemper K. Knapp Bequest, please visit the Secretary of the Faculty website at: https://secfac.wisc.edu/awards-lectures/kemper-k-knapp-bequest/call/