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NIU Foundation seeks proposals for Venture Grants

September 2, 2008

The NIU Foundation is calling for proposals for its annual Venture Grants, which be awarded this fall. 

This year, the Foundation has altered its Venture Grant program to support the universityís strategic planning initiatives. Grant awards will be selected based on their potential to advance two of the planís major imperatives.

  • Preserve, strengthen and extend NIUís teaching and learning environment
  • Strengthen and extend NIUís global/regional impact

ďWe recognize the tremendous efforts invested by the academic community in the strategic planning process and wish to provide grant funding to help gain traction on important new initiatives,Ē Foundation President Mallory M. Simpson said.

In FY 2009, the Foundation expects to make just two awards for a total of $50,000. 

New FY Application Schedule

To be considered for FY2009 grant awards, proposals must be received in the Foundation Office in Altgeld Hall 135 by Monday, Oct. 6.

All faculty and staff from units within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Division of Administration and University Outreach, and Intercollegiate Athletics are eligible to apply. Awards will be announced in mid-December.

Even with the grant programís new focus and direction, one thing remains the same: the NIU Foundationís goal of supporting NIU faculty and staff in their commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and in effecting positive change in the larger community.

Applications and forms are available online. For more information, contact Judy Schneider at (815) 753-1389 or e-mail