FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for funding?
Eligibility varies according to the project/call for proposal. You can check specific guidelines under each call for proposal.
 
Which organizations are involved?
The consortium is guided by a steering committee comprised of 12 local organizations: Lafayette College, Allentown Art Museum, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Easton Area Public Library, the Karl Stirner Arts Trail, Lehigh University, the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC), Moravian College, Muhlenberg College and the Sigal Museum. Most events and proposals are open to community members and organizations outside of those participating in the consortium.
 
How do I submit a proposal?
Proposals can be submitted online via our proposal submission forms, or can be obtained through any of the consortium’s partner organizations. For more information about specific proposals and links to the online submission forms, visit our “Proposals & Deadlines” page.
 
Who can attend sponsored events?
All events open to the community will be advertised on our events calendar.
 
What funding is available?
Funding varies for each call for proposal. For specific award amounts and criteria, you can visit our “Proposals & Deadlines” page.
 
Are there any limitations to how many times a partner can receive a stipend?
There is no limit to the number of stipends an individual can apply for as long as they are for separate projects/workshops. 
 
What are the limitations in how awards can be spent?

 In addition to overhead, indirect costs, and capital costs (construction, renovation, equipment), the LVEHC Mellon Grant cannot fund food and catering expenses, venue rentals, projects in social sciences or STEM fields, endowment management fees, one-off conferences, and undergraduate travel, tuition, or financial aid.

If you have any questions about the viability of a specific budget item, please contact the LVEHC Co-Directors or Coordinator for clarification.

 
Are part-time and contingent faculty eligible to apply for a course development grant?
Yes, part-time and contingent faculty are eligible to apply but should contact grant co-directors Andrea Smith and Charlotte Nunes prior to submitting a proposal. This is also true for faculty wishing to apply for funding for a summer, course, an interim course, or for the semester immediately following a deadline.
 
Is this initiative related to existing Mellon grants across the Lehigh Valley?
The Andrew W. Mellon foundation has generously funded several initiatives across the Lehigh Valley. While the LVEHC shares a funding source and may have natural overlaps with some of the existing Mellon grants, it operates independent from any existing grant initiatives.
 
When will awards be announced?
The steering committee will review proposals according to their deadline, and strive to notify applicants of their decision within three weeks of that date. To view upcoming deadlines, visit our “Proposals & Deadlines” page.