Grant Guidelines: Tupelo Award
The purpose of the Tupelo Award is to offer individuals an opportunity to deepen and enrich an abiding passion or serious interest through study and research of a specific topic and/or development of a project. While there are no limitations as to the field of interest or qualifications of applicants, the opportunity must be one that will broaden the applicantís view of the world and expand their horizons.
Funding must enable applicants to take advantage of an opportunity otherwise not available to him/her, a great adventure, an experience beyond one's known realities. These grants are intended to make it possible for individuals to participate in an experience that will have significant potential to enrich the applicantís lives through travel, study or research.
To be eligible, you must:
Applicants may request funding up to $1,500 for specific, forthcoming opportunities. This amount may change dependent on available funds. The award may provide support for, among other things, travel, materials, tuition, or expenses related to study. The award will only support expenses directly to the applicantís proposal.
Awards will not be released if the proposed project does not take place.
Applicants will be informed of Berkshire Taconicís decision within two months of the application deadline.
Applications will be reviewed by Berkshire Taconic staff to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. The Selection Committee will then review them and make their determination based on the criteria outlined above.
Awards will be based on need, merit, and the proposalís potential impact on the applicant.
The committee will consider:
Grantees are required to document their project and to offer to donate a copy of the tangible document (for example book, drawings, journals, paper, DVD, CD, performance) to Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the granteeís public library. In addition, grantees must share his/her experience with his/her community with a community presentation such as a lecture, exhibition or published article.
If you have any questions about the fund, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.