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Marpeck Fund Grants – Application

  1. Include all projected costs and sources of revenue. Indicate if the sources of revenue are confirmed, conditional, or projected. Specify the funding requested from the Marpeck Fund and indicate how it will be used within the overall project. Grants will be funded at a maximum of 80% of total cost, to a maximum dollar figure of $10,000 (US). (Occasional exceptions to these funding parameters may be given based on successful petition from the proposal writer(s).)


Apply by March 1 or September 1 to:
Brent Yoder
c/o Hesston College
PO Box 3000
Hesston, KS 67062
brent.yoder@hesston.edu

Marpeck Fund Grant Overview & Guidelines

The Marpeck Fund

The Marpeck Fund was established in 1993 by Robert and Gerald Kreider for the academic enrichment of Bethel College, Bluffton College, and Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). Over the years two Canadian institutions (Canadian Mennonite University and Conrad Grebel University College) and four former Mennonite Church institutions (Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College) have been added to the list of Marpeck Fund institutions so that it now includes all schools whose primary religious affiliation is with the Mennonite Church USA or the Mennonite Church Canada. The fund is intended to encourage and strengthen ties among Mennonite colleges and seminaries through joint faculty workshops, student participation in inter-campus conferences, faculty exchange visits and lectures, and cooperative program planning. The fund (now in excess of one million dollars) is housed with Mennonite Foundation and administered by the deans of the nine member institutions.

The purpose of the Marpeck Fund is to strengthen cooperation among the member institutions in the sharing of faculty resources and joint academic programming. Funds are not to be used for individual campus programs, but only for inter-institutional, collaborative programs. Proposals may request seed money for new collaborative ventures, with the understanding that continuing activities that would typically be funded by the institutions are not eligible for repeated Marpeck funding.

Preference is given to:

  • programs that support attendance of students and faculty from member institutions at conferences, seminars, etc., on another member institution’s campus.
  • programs oriented toward peacemaking, international service, and other church-related ministries.
  • programs that involve cross-border collaboration.

Review criteria

Project serves to strengthen collaboration among two or more member institutions
Project supports attendance (face-to-face and virtual) of students and faculty from member institutions
Project oriented toward peacemaking, international service, and other church-related ministries

Review schedule

Projects are reviewed two times per year:
Proposals submitted by March 1 will be reviewed by April 30.
Proposals submitted by September 1 will be reviewed by October 31.

Reporting

A final report is due within one year of the completion of the project, or a provisional report is due by March 1 of the year after the project activities. Reports must provide

  • A summary of project activities/events;
  • A list, with dates and copies of programs or publications, of any performances, presentations, publications that resulted from the project;
  • An evaluation of the extent to which project objectives achieved;
  • An assessment of the ways in which the project will shape or facilitate future work;
  • A budget report; and
  • A description of any remaining or unfinished work.

If work remains and a provisional report is submitted, please also indicate the date by which a final report will be submitted.

Please submit report to:
Brent Yoder
Chair, Marpeck Deans
c/o Hesston College
PO Box 3000
Hesston, KS 67062
brent.yoder@hesston.edu