The Office of University Relations of University of Wisconsin is launching a new grant program to encourage faculty, staff and students across the campus to share the work they do with people and community across the state, Charles Hoslet, the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for UW , said.
The Statewide Outreach Incentive Grant Program is open to any faculty, staff and students who have programs they want to share, Hoslet said. The maximum amount of the funding for each submission will be $500, and the grant money will be used for supplies and traveling expenses, among other things, Hoslet said.
The new grant was developed with the Wisconsin Idea in mind, according to a UW statement. As a supplement to existing grants, it will provide some additional funding to support the statewide outreach activities of UW faculty and staff, the statement said.
The grant will fund a variety of education and outreach related activities, Hoslet said. He said an example could be programs where faculty members go into schools across the state and give demonstrations of their research to high school students.
“These funds help advance the Wisconsin Idea by supporting activities that are consistent with the Idea and have a positive impact on the lives of citizens throughout Wisconsin Idea,” Vice Chancellor for University Relations Vince Sweeney said.
Hoslet said Chancellor Rebecca Blank also has input in the formation of the grant. Blank wants the university to learn more about its history and how that benefits student at UW, he said.
The university has $15,000 to offer in grants for fiscal year 2013-14 and they will distribute grants until the funds are gone, the UW statement said.