Funding Guidelines

Awards Overview

The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies provides awards in support for projects that align with its mission and goals.

The Alfonso Ortiz Center supports collaborative initiatives in the arts, humanities and social sciences that bridge academia and the wider community. Examples include but are not limited to lectures, museum exhibits, creative works, workshops, and research projects that focus on material culture and oral history, environment and climate change, education, language use and reclamation, food, and health, or any other topic of interest to people in your community or communities with which you collaborate. We support fully-developed collaborative initiatives, and we also provide seed funds to develop longer-term and/or larger-scale initiatives and projects.

Who should apply? 

We encourage UNM faculty, graduate students and staff to submit award requests for projects that create opportunities for collaboration and dialogue between the university and the wider community. 

What types of projects are eligible? 

The center funds projects in one or multiple categories described below. 

Education: This category supports the costs of educational activities related to the project, such as public lectures, classroom instructional materials, project-related publications, and audio visual components. Funds in this category can be used to support speakers, films and videos, and brochures or hand-outs.

Public Outreach: This category supports activities and materials relating to outreach and communication with collaborating partners, such as community representatives or organizations. It also includes support for project promotion through press kits, media contacts, and website information. Limited non-food costs for receptions may also be included.

Exhibit Support: This category includes support for the planning and implementation of exhibits, including funds for guest curators, community collaborators, and consultants, in addition to the typical costs of exhibit production and installation.

Types of Awards

Seed awards: up to $2,000. Used to establish and solidify partnerships and research priorities.
Project awards: up to $10,000. Used for but not limited to lectures, museum exhibits, creative works, workshops, and research projects that focus on material culture and oral history, environment and climate change, education, language use and reclamation, food, and health, or any other topic of interest to people in your community or communities with which you collaborate. Projects may extend over multiple years.

 

Application Process

The Ortiz Center provides funding on a year to year basis. A new Application Form must be submitted each year to extend or supplement funding for an existing project. Project extension requests also require a report of activities completed on the project to date. 

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of the Ortiz Center before submitting their request for funds at ortizcenter@unm.edu

Each year, the center will announce two calls for proposals, one in the fall and one in the spring. For best consideration in the fall, apply by October 15. For best consideration in the spring, apply by March 15.

Applications received before or after this date will be considered if funds are available. You will receive a response to your application within three months from the date of receipt of the completed application.

Each application should include the following required items:

  • Completed application form.
  • Statement of relevance to the Ortiz Center Mission.
  • Budget and budget justification.
  • Evaluation plan. 
  • Curriculum vitae or resume of applicant and primary collaborating partners.

Project Guidelines

Please read the following project guidelines as you prepare your application. Any questions regarding the project guidelines can be submitted to ortizcenter@unm.edu

Application Form 

Please download and complete this application form

Expectations for Acknowledgement

If you are approved for funding for your project, you must acknowledge the contribution of the center using the full name: Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies and include the center's logo on publicity materials and printed matter such as brochures and exhibition labels. 

Submit Your Final Report

If you are approved for funding, you must provide a report on the project by the end of the year funded, or on the completion of the project, whichever comes first. (Multi-year projects must submit progress reports at the end of each year of funding and a final report upon completion of the project.)

Complete the final report here