Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund

Apply for a 2024-2025 grant

$25,000 available for events taking place during three semesters:

  • Spring 2024
  • Fall 2024
  • Spring 2025

Funded activities will result in cultural enrichment for the campus and community, include an opportunity for community involvement, and benefit more than one campus constituency.

Examples of past awards:

  • Visiting artist, scholar, performer
  • Artist, poet, or novelist in residence
  • Sponsorship of an on-campus event by a touring group or individual
  • Matching funds for a larger grant in keeping with Fund objectives
  • Students coming to campus to experience an on-campus presentation
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations to advance cultural and academic programming

Proposals should include:

  • Purpose of activity proposed
  • How the activity will address the specific goals of the fund (for goals, download RFP using link at bottom of page)
  • Firm schedules or specific timetable for events
  • Budget (budgets should be realistic and constructed carefully; please anticipate all travel-related expenses)
    • Note: Fredonia College Foundation is not setup for Foreign wire Transfers; checks can only be issued in U.S. dollars.
  • Facilities availability and any associated costs (please consult appropriate campus representatives)
  • For 2024-2025 cycle, it is strongly recommended that all RFPs include a degree of flexibility to allow for "remote" programming appropriate to a particular discipline, event and /or activity. 

Proposal Length:

  • No more than three pages (not including the required cover sheet, available for download at bottom of page)

Submit to:

  • Hard Copy of Proposal to: Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund Committee, Fredonia College Foundation, 272 Central Avenue
  • Or you can submit and upload you proposal online: Submit Proposal Online


  • Friday, Oct. 27, 2023

Review and awards process:

  • Supplemental information may be requested after the initial review
  • Awards will be announced by early December 2023.
  • Requesting funds from the awarded grant: Download Fredonia College Foundation's Disbursement Policy and Procedure

Requirements for advertising

All advertising, printed programs and other communications materials prepared for
events/activities should acknowledge support by the Fredonia College Foundation and Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund.

As part of the award agreement with the Fredonia College Foundation/Carnahan Jackson
Humanities Fund, it is required that grant recipients request publicity through the Marketing and Communications office in Gregory Hall at least 3 weeks before an event.
In the case of School of Music events, although the school may be doing some publicity via email and social media – a separate request for publicity must be submitted to the Marketing and Communications office so that area media can be notified.

Requests should be submitted on the Marketing and Communications electronic portal at:
Publicity Request  Again, an electronic Publicity Request must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to an event so that an article can be developed, posted to the SUNY Fredonia News website, added to the weekly Campus Report, and sent to area media.

The importance of publicity for these events cannot be overstated – benefactors to the
Fredonia College Foundation want events to be widely publicized so that the community can be involved/attend.

Final Report

  • Award winners will be required to submit a final report of up to 3 pages including a final budget, participation levels and other outcomes. Subsequent proposals will not be considered by the committee unless final reports from previous Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund awards have been completed and submitted
  • Due no later than six weeks after the completion of the project
  • Include attachments of programs, posters or other materials generate

Download Final Report Guidelines (pdf)


Submit Online

For hard copy submission: Download cover sheet (pdf)

Download Request for Proposals (pdf)

History of the Fund

The Carnahan Jackson Humanities Fund was established by David H. Carnahan and the Carnahan Jackson Foundation of Jamestown, N.Y. in the Fredonia College Foundation in 1993.

The purpose of the fund is to support events that enrich the cultural life of the university and include some opportunity for community involvement. The funded activities should have their major impact on the campus and in the Chautauqua County - western New York region.


The Carnahan Jackson Humanities Committee is comprised of faculty and professional staff from across the campus who review proposals and make annual awards.


For further information, contact:

Tim Murphy
Director of Development