Monday, August 19, 2019
The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the VRAF Professional Development Grant program. This program offers two $1000 grants yearly. This grant can be used to support conference participation, enroll in a workshop, for an online education opportunity, or for research activities. For consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:59PM Pacific Time. If you have any questions about the VRAF Professional Development Grant or the application process, and to submit your application here: https://forms.gle/LHeYeRJFnEniJHJP9 or please contact the VRAF Board of Directors at email@example.com. The recipient of the 2019 VRAF Professional Development grant will be announced by Friday, October 4, 2019, and must be used before October 4, 2020.
The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support
professional development in the field of visual resources and cultural
heritage information management. The grant can be used to participate in
a professional development opportunity of the grantee’s choosing (such
as a conference, symposium, workshop, online education), or to enroll in
relevant research activities (such as hands-on field work or a site
visit for scholarly purposes). Priority will be given to applications
that include participation at a conference (giving a paper, teaching a
workshop, chairing a committee, etc.); research that shows promise to
lead to publication or contributes to the visual resources and cultural
heritage information management community; or to applications that can
demonstrate that the receiving the opportunity will have a broader
benefit to an institution or region. Please note that recipients
of the award are required to submit a report outlining how the award
contributed to his or her professional development within 30 days
following the event.
- Applicants should have a professional interest in visual resources and cultural heritage information management, and may include retirees, the currently unemployed, or students seeking educational and training opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information.
- Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required.
- Statements of financial need will be strongly considered.
Acceptable Uses of Award Money:
- Transportation costs to and from the event venue
- Registration fees or tuition
- Required course materials (e.g., work books, DVDs)
- Meals – including meals in transit to and from the educational event
- Research expenses
Grant monies may not be used to cover indirect costs (a percentage of
grant money take by the grantee’s institution to cover perceived
- A goals statement outlining the opportunity, how it will benefit your work, and any potential contributions this opportunity may allow you to make beyond your own professional development.
- A comprehensive budget and breakdown of your proposed travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses. When costs are estimated, please explain (e.g., “roundtrip airfare on United as determined via Expedia search”; my lodging costs reflect an estimate for a shared room). If your institution requires you to use a specific airline, or has set a corporate airfare rate, please note this in the comments section. Be as clear and complete as possible about other funding support you will receive or are applying for, such as from your home institution, or other grants and awards.
- Your resume/curriculum vitae
Please submit an online application to be considered for a VRAF Professional Development Grant.
Past recipients include Anne Young, Manager of Rights and
Reproductions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to attend the 2013
American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE) Legal Issues
in Museum Administration course. Her attendance was crucial in the
production of Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions,
an indispensable resource. About the grant, Anne wrote, “The Grant
funded a portion of my course tuition and associated travel costs to
attend the program. It is my belief that this Grant was also a
contributing factor to my receiving a partial-scholarship, half of the
course tuition, from ALI CLE that further supported my attendance…
Without my attendance at ALI CLE’s LIMA and the VRAF’s Grant support, I
would not have been able to make the vital connections to make the Handbook contributors and legal review panelists as robust as they are today.” The Handbook is now available and can be downloaded from the American Alliance of Museums website.
The VRAF Professional Development Grant Program reflects the broad
mission of the VRAF to support professional development in the field of
visual resources and cultural heritage information management. The grant
can be used to participate in a professional development opportunity of
the grantee’s choosing (such as a conference, symposium, workshop,
online education), or to enroll in relevant research activities (such as
hands-on field work or a site visit for scholarly purposes). For more
information about the VRAF, the VRAF Professional Development Grant, and
other VRAF programs, please visit vrafoundation.com.