The Texas Archeological Society Donors' Fund Grants
Due to the economic times, the interest generated by the Donors' Fund to support research efforts is limited and unpredictable. Prospective applicants may want to check on the status of available funds before completing the application process.
The TAS Donors' Fund is a permanent invested fund, the income
from which is used to promote and expedite research and the publication of
special reports. The name Donors signifies that the Fund is based on
If you are doing archeological research or contemplating
publication, and need funds, try applying to the Donors' Fund for a grant.
The Guidelines for applications are given below. The last word on the
award of grants is in the hands of the TAS Board of Directors, but immediate
administration is by six Trustees (two appointed each year for three-year terms
by the President), who review applications and decide on their merits, and make
recommendations to the TAS Board.
As it happens, most grants to date have been to pay for
radiocarbon dating. It's not that the Trustees find radiocarbon dates especially
exciting, but that most requests for grants have been for that purpose.
However, we have also supported test excavations, stabilization of a site that
was eroding, and publication. Find a list of previous amounts awarded, recipients, and topics
Guidelines for applications to the Donors' Fund, and for
carrying out formal obligations if a grant is awarded, are as follows (in some
places the official wording has been changed for greater clarity).
Guidelines for Applicants and Grantees
(The Application is also called a Proposal)
1. Proposals must be received by February 1. The
recommendation of the Trustees will be made to the Board of Directors by
mid-March in order to be considered at the next Board meeting.
2. A brief resumé of the individual applicant, with facts
relevant to qualifications to carry out the project described in the proposal,
will accompany the application. If an institution is sponsoring the work,
a statement from the sponsoring institution must be included.
3. Proposals by students must be accompanied by a letter from
the student's supervisor or chairman.
4. The proposal must include an outline of the proposed budget.
5. The text of the proposal must be limited to four
double-spaced pages, excluding the budget page(s). Due to the number of
proposals up for consideration and/or the funds available for award, the Donors'
Fund is sometimes only able to offer partial support. In the text, state
either that full funding is required, or that partial funding of your proposal
would be acceptable.
6. The applicant must submit to the TAS Business Office in San
Antonio seven paper copies of the proposal or provide the Business Office with
an electronic copy as a Microsoft Word document.
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7. In order not to obligate funds for an undue length of time,
the grantee is given one year after receiving notification of the award to use
the grant. After that time, the unused grant monies will revert to the
fund and will be available to other applicants.
8. Within three months after discharging the grant, the grantee
is to submit a letter to the Donors' Fund Trustees outlining the results
obtained from the use of the grant money.
9. All invoices up to the amount of the grant(s) approved are to
be sent to the TAS Business Office for payment, and a copy of each invoice is to
be mailed to the Chairman of the Donors' Fund Trustees. If payment is to
be made directly to the grantee as a reimbursement for expenses, specific
arrangements must be made with the Administrative Director.
10. Upon completion of the project, the grantee will submit an
article reporting the work to the editor of Texas Archeology (TAS newsletter).
The newsletter editor should be consulted about formatting.