What Can and Cannot be Supported by Women's Board Grants

The Women's Board takes pride in supporting grants from all divisions, schools, offices, and units within the University community. The primary requirement of all proposals is that they must reflect and bolster the core values of the University of Chicago.

The Women's Board can only consider funding requests from University of Chicago entities (e.g., University departments, centers, schools, faculty members, divisions, offices, etc.) Outside not-for-profit organizations or other entities may collaborate with a University entity on the grants that we fund, but the funding must go directly to the University entity and may not be used for any purposes other than those that reflect and bolster the core values of the University of Chicago.

Please note that salaries of University faculty cannot be covered by Women's Board funding; however, personnel costs for independent contractors, student workers, postdoctoral workers, and other paid staff as necessary for the project may be requested.

The Women's Board establishes annually a set of guidelines for selecting proposals in four key areas: faculty research and support, the arts and cultural institutions, the quality of student life, and community outreach. All four areas are important to our mission, and we strive each year to adhere closely to the percentages established by our governing committee.

In addition, please note that all grant applications undergo a thorough internal review process before being shared with the full Grants Committee. The Women's Board considers grants ranging from as low as $2,000 to as high as $100,000. Most grants tend to fall within the $25,000 - $60,000 range.

Partial funding is also possible if the proposal can move forward without receiving full funding. This question is included in the application form.

As always, please feel free to contact Stella McKearn at smckearn@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-7645 for a consultation or with specific questions.