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Budget Guidelines

You must submit a detailed budget with your online application.

The maximum award for the Innovations in  Public Awareness of Anthropology Grant is US$20,000. Applicants should submit a budget within this limit.

Provide a budget only for the items and amounts you are requesting from Wenner-Gren. If your project is dependent on funding from more than one source, you should include a brief description of the items not covered in your Wenner-Gren budget together with the cost of these items. Please also include a statement of the feasibility of your project if additional funding is not forthcoming.

It is important to include a detailed breakdown of the budget, showing how expenses were estimated in each category. You should use the categories listed below when relevant and be detailed in your justification/explanation. Items not fully justified will not be considered.

Expenses allowed:

  1. Expenses directly related and essential to the IPAA project, including travel, living expenses during the project and any project assistance, visa fees, and any other relevant expenditure. Childcare expenses will be considered if there is no adult family member available to care for the child/ren during the project. Note that childcare expenses cannot exceed more than $2000.  
  2. Per Diem expenses should be an accurate reflection of the actual costs of carrying out the project. The Foundation rarely if ever pays US State Department per diems for foreign travel. All per diem amounts should be justified.
  3. Supplies and equipment directly related to the successful completion of the project. For items of equipment costing in excess of $750, include a donation statement as well as a justification. The Donation Statement should include:
    • Why the equipment is necessary for this project
    • Why use of such equipment is not available to you
    • Why funding cannot be obtained from other sources
    • How you plan to dispose of equipment at the end of your project. Please note the Foundation's equipment policy requires that if any item of equipment (including software) purchased with grant funds at an original cost in excess of $750 still has monetary value, the resale value must be returned to the Foundation; or, upon approval by the Foundation, such equipment may be donated to an educational or scientific organization(see the Requirements and Conditions of the Innovations in  Public Awareness of Anthropology Grant ). Equipment comprised of compound elements each costing less than $750 but used together (e.g. camera body and lenses) are considered a single piece of equipment for donation purposes.

      Please note that the Foundation expects applicants to request cost-effective equipment that is appropriate for their project. Costs of unusually expensive equipment, such as high-end laptop computers or camcorders, must be justified in the context of achieving your IPAA project goals and not merely by the fact that such equipment would be nice to have.

  4. Insurance Coverage:
    • Medical Insurance: Medical insurance will not be considered for IPAA projects unless the project takes the applicant outside of their home country. In this case, please note that the cost of insurance is limited to $125/month.
    • Equipment Insurance: please justify the level of insurance coverage and the relationship of the item/s covered to the project. Include in your justification an explanation of why your personal or institutional insurance does not include coverage for the item/s

Expenses Not Allowed:

  1. Salary (or other type of remuneration) and/or fringe benefits
  2. Personal income taxes
  3. Tuition fees
  4. Travel, subsistence, insurance, etc. expenses of non-project personnel including family member.
  5. Institutional overhead, or institutional support
  6. Expenses incurred prior to the effective date of the grant
  7. Expenses incurred at home while the applicant is away (e.g., rent, mortgage payments, childcare, storage of personal effects, etc.)
  8. Contingency funds or miscellaneous expenses.

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