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Lesley Wheel Introductory Lighting Program Grant

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Educator to Add a
Lighting Course to an Existing Curriculum at a North American IHE

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Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education

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Grant of $30,000 over four years to a USA, Canada, or International educator at a North American IHE for the inclusion of a lighting design component to an existing curriculum. Funding is intended to enhance programs in interior design, engineering, technology, and architecture. Eligible IHE programs should currently have either minimal or no lighting design offerings in their curricula.

Criteria for Funding

  • The Foundation will fund new course(s) that cover lighting in the fields listed in #2 below. Evidence should be included of how the proposed course(s) will enrich, enhance, and integrate with the existing academic program in which it is placed. A proposed course outline must be included, and instructor credentials shown. It is required that the author of the proposal be the instructor or on the course instruction team.
  • The academic unit should be in one of the following areas: Architecture, Engineering, Technology or Interior Design. It must be accredited and offer a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate degree.
  • The Fund requires evidence from at least two academic administrators (Chairs, Directors, Deans, and so forth) that the administration will support the continuation of the course after the grant period ends.
  • In the event that the original instructor(s) leaves the Institution, the Fund reserves the right to request evidence of knowledge and interest in lighting from the new instructor(s) for continuation of grant funding. In that event, the Fund would also require that an academic administrator designate a new contact person for the required reports."
  • Evidence that the proposed instructor(s) is knowledgeable and active in lighting is important. This may be shown by a resume or CV indicating lighting content in previous courses given or taken, activity in IESNA or IALD, lighting workshops attended, and so on.
  • The Fund is interested in introductory courses that cover a broad range of basic lighting as applied in your field of study. A narrow specific course, such as a course in only daylighting or only computer applications, will not be given consideration. Narrow focus courses are covered in the Nuckolls Fund Grant RFP for institutions that have existing basic lighting courses.
  • The course should be a minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits, and must be given at least twice during the grant period. At least eight students should complete the course each time it is given (evidence must be shown that this condition is met for continued funding). Courses which are required are preferred to ones which are elective, but this is not a requirement. Interdisciplinary courses are always of interest.
  • Up to $4,500 per year of the Fund award may be used to purchase lighting-related equipment for the course. In-kind donations of equipment from lighting manufacturers are encouraged. The proposal should indicate that the institution will provide appropriate space.
  • Benefits are allowable.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142512

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fund reserves the right to award this grant in an amount less than $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The RFP budget outline must reflect how the money will be spent over four years, as The Nuckolls Fund will allocate the money at a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-Proposals are accepted only from educators at academic institutions in North America.
-The Fund is not able to help a program without faculty knowledge to start from ground zero in developing lighting courses.
-No portion of the funds awarded may be used for indirect costs (overhead).

Pre-Application Information:

-Proposals due January 11, 2021. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged via email.
-Grant announced No later than March 12, 2021.
-Public Announcement Nuckolls Fund Event in conjunction with the Designers Lighting Forum of New York's LEDucation scheduled for March 16-17, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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