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The intent of the Margins of Excellence Fund is to provide funds to heighten visibility and understanding of the importance of experiential learning as a high-impact practice both within UWL and externally to the greater community.  It is not intended that this fund will supplant University resources that support these types of programs.  Moreover, it is desirable that the use of these funds serve as a catalyst for (1) increasing the number of students having the interest and opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities, (2) more faculty wanting to incorporate experiential learning into their curriculum, (3) providing compelling reasons for donors (alumni, friends, and others) to invest in this margins of educational excellence, (4) taking advantage of donation challenges where possible, and (5) for the general public to understand and appreciate this important contribution of UWL to the economy and education of its citizenry (The Wisconsin Idea). 

In 2019 and beyond, proposals that are environmentally themed will be directed to funding sources associated with the Prairie Springs initiatives through the UWL Foundation.

NOTE: Proposals must be proposed by a recognized UWL program, unit, or organization. Individual faculty or staff members are encouraged to work through a recognized unit with ideas that have a wide impact. 

Deadlines for Proposals – Third Friday of February (February 16, 2018 by 5 p.m.) to provost@uwlax.edu

 

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  • Proposals should include a cover sheet with abstract, a narrative, and a budget sheet and should be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the due date to provost@uwlax.edu.
  • COVER SHEET: should indicate the unit(s) or program(s) or organization(s) proposing the project, the primary contact individual(s), the timeline for the project, and an abstract of the project (not to exceed 300 words).
    • The cover sheet should indicate if the proposal is for a Small Grant ($4,000 or less) or a Substantive Grant (over $4,000). 
  • NARRATIVE & BUDGET PAGE: Proposals should include a narrative (not to exceed 3 double-spaced pages) and a budget page (not to exceed one page including narrative and budget breakdown) 
    • The narrative must include a plan for the assessment of the program’s effectiveness. 
    • Notes regarding the budget: 
      • Although individual students may be the recipients of the funds, the funds may also be disbursed through known campus entities and following university processes and procedures that govern Foundation funds. 
      • Proposals need not be bound by the fiscal year. 
      • Proposals may only request one-time funds. 
      • Proposals requesting compensation for UWL faculty, staff, or student employees must include fringe benefits. Contact ORSP for the applicable rates.
  • If the unit supervisor is not the primary contact, a letter of support from the supervisor is required indicating support for the project and reflecting on how the project fits with the strategic goals of the unit.
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  • Proposals must be proposed by a recognized UWL program, unit, or organization. An individual faculty or staff member may not submit a proposal.
  • As stipulated in the endowment agreement, the Deans’ Council (composed of the academic deans, the director of Murphy Library, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs) serve as the review committee and make final decisions regarding the decision to fund, partially fund, or not fund proposals. In addition, a representative from the Foundation should be included to help guide fund use to ensure the original purpose of the gift is being met. 
  • Preference will be given to proposals that: 
    • Effectively indicate a wide impact on or for UWL 
    • Provide robust ideas for the assessment of outcomes 
    • Clearly articulate a sound plan for a continuity of the project without Margins of Excellence funding (if applicable). 
  • Proposals that are not deemed to have a sufficient impact and/or that require ongoing funding to be successful may not be funded even if the overall proposal is of quality. 
  • A one-page final report is due to provost@uwlax.edu within three months of project completion. 
  • Note: As the funding for Margins of Excellence provides for considerable latitude on types and scope of projects, we are not providing budget amount parameters or caps at this time. However, proposers are expected to indicate if the proposal is for a small project (less than $4,000) or for a more substantive project (see information under "Proposal Format").
  • In 2019 and beyond, proposals that are environmentally themed will be directed to funding sources associated with the Prairie Springs initiatives through the UWL Foundation.