The Allene R. Chiesman Fund for Civic Education was established for the purpose of promoting civic education with special attention to creating a greater awareness of the meaning of democracy and democratic ideals, to the role of law and the nature of citizenship in a democratic society and to the relationship of economics and democracy.
Allene R. Chiesman, a South Dakota native, was a philanthropist who supported the American and democratic way of life. Her beliefs were rooted in the fundamentals of hard work and giving back to society a fair share of what one gains through living in a democratic society.
Besides founding the Chiesman Foundation For Democracy and establishing an endowment to meet its mission and goals, she established scholarships and endowments at USD. The scholarships have helped many students meet their educational goals and the endowments fulfill the goals of preparing individuals to become active citizens and leaders within South Dakota.
The Allene R. Chiesman Fund for Civic Education invites grant proposals from full-time USD faculty for projects starting on or after the spring semester of 2017. The deadline for submission of these proposals is January 15, and applies to projects that will be completed during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Chiesman Fund Advisory Committee will announce its decisions on the proposals on or before Feb. 1.
The Chiesman Fund is authorized to:
Proposals for grants should clearly and specifically address one or more of these purposes. Proposals of 3-6 pages specifying the research question, method of inquiry, significance of the project, timeline for completion, a very detailed budget (which will explicitly define how any funding will be used) and the intended means by which the results will be disseminated.
Chiesman Fund Advisory Committee
c/o William D. Richardson
Farber Center for Civic Leadership
116 Dakota Hall
Electronic submissions are preferred and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.