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Grant Program Guidelines

Guiding Principles for Foundation Granting

The object of the DESMF grant program is to provide financial support for mycological research and education in the Pacific Northwest. Although a wide range of mycological subjects can be considered, priority will be given to projects involving mushroom-forming fungi (“macrofungi,” “macromycetes”), as they were the focus of Dr. Stuntz’s research. Applicants do not necessarily have to reside in the Pacific Northwest as long as the research involves or pertains to Pacific Northwest fungi or the educational activity takes place in the Pacific Northwest and benefits the Pacific Northwest mycological community.

For purposes of the DESMF grant program, the Pacific Northwest is considered to comprise Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, southern British Columbia, and southeast and south-coastal Alaska.

DESMF is a relatively small foundation and, as such, must limit the size of the grants we award. We aim to award grants totaling approximately 5% of the Foundation’s corpus each year, with a maximum of 10% in any year. Most past awards have been for less than $10,000.

Given our limited resources, DESMF favorably views projects that have obtained (or will obtain) matching (or greater) funding from other sources.

In order for an award to be made, a grant application must be approved by a simple majority of the DESMF Board of Trustees (for Individual and Institutional grants) or DESMF Grants Committee (for Mini and Small grants).

Each grant application must include a proposed budget that shows how the requested funds would be used. Depending on the grant category and specific nature of the proposed research or educational activity, allowable costs could include items such as travel expenses, laboratory analyses, stipends or honorariums, compensation for non-salaried individuals such as undergraduate or graduate students, expendable supplies, and equipment. Salary and institutional overhead are not allowable costs except under extraordinary conditions.

The Dr. Patricia Allynson Winter Fund comprises a large portion of the Foundation’s resources and the late Dr. Winter directed that grants from this Fund reflect her expressed priorities. Thus, consideration of applications that would be awarded from the Winter Fund (as determined by DESMF) will be guided by Dr. Winter’s following order of preference:

  • Female students of mycology who plan to continue in the teaching profession
  • Other students of mycology
  • Post-doctoral research or study in mycology
  • General support of mycology classes or activities
  • Expenses for visiting lecturing professional mycologists
  • Amateur mycology students and/or support of their activities
  • Types of Grants

    There are four categories of grants—Mini, Small, Individual, and Institutional:

    Mini:

    These grants typically are awarded to K-12 teachers or other educators in the Pacific Northwest for purposes such as purchasing supplies for class or individual student (such as school science fair) projects that relate to fungi. The Foundation allocates $2000 per year for Mini Grants, and the maximum amount of a single award is $200. They are intended for quick-turnaround, with disbursal of funds made within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.

    Download the Mini Grant Application (MSWord Document)

    Small:

    These grants typically are awarded to mushroom clubs/societies and other similar organizations as matching funds for purposes such as purchasing mycological books and visual media, purchasing audio-visual equipment, and conducting educational events such as forays and lectures by guest speakers. The Foundation allocates $2000 per year for Small Grants, and awards will generally be under $1000. They are intended for quick-turnaround, with disbursal of funds made within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.

    Download the Small Grant Application (MSWord Document)

    Individual:

    These grants are awarded directly to individual students, researchers, or teachers who may or may not be working under the auspices of a college, university, or other institution. Examples of past projects can be found on the Foundation’s website.

    Download the Individual Grant Application (MSWord Document: 36KB)

    Institutional:

    These grants are awarded to institutions such as schools, colleges/universities, herbariums, museums, and other not-for-profit organizations. Examples of past projects can be found on the Foundation’s website.

    Download the Institutional Grant Application (MSWord Document: 36KB)

    Grant Application Deadlines

    Applications for Mini Grants and Small Grants will be accepted at any time. Applications for Individual Grants and Institutional Grants are due by 1 February and 1 October each year in order to be considered at our spring and fall Board meetings, respectively.

    If an application is received after all available funds for a given year have been awarded, the applicant will be given the option of withdrawing the application or having it considered during the following year.

    Grant Application Review for Mini Grants and Small Grants

    The DESMF Grants Committee Chair will acknowledge receipt of the application, confirm that the appropriate category is being applied for, and review the application for completeness. If it is not complete, it will be returned with a request for the needed information. Once it has been accepted as complete, the application will be routed to the Grants Committee members. After review and any clarification from the applicant and/or discussion among the Committee-members has been completed, the Committee will vote whether or not to award the grant and, if so, the amount of the award. The applicant will be notified of the decision and funds disbursed to successful applicants within 30 days of receipt of a complete application whenever possible.

    Grant Application Review for Individual Grants and Institutional Grants

    The DESMF Grants Committee Chair will acknowledge receipt of the application, confirm that the appropriate category is being applied for, and review the application for completeness. If it is not complete, it will be returned with a request for the needed information. Once it has been accepted as complete, the application will be routed to the Grants Committee members and any additional reviewers. After review and any clarification from the applicant and/or discussion among the Committee-members has been completed, the Committee will vote whether or not to forward the application to the full Board of Trustees for a decision at the next Board meeting. The Board will vote on whether or not to award the grant and, if so, the amount of the award and any conditions attached to it. The applicant will be notified of the decision and funds disbursed to successful applicants as soon as practicable after the meeting.

    Grant Application Evaluation Criteria

  • Is the application complete?
  • Does the application provide sufficient information to allow a decision to be made?
  • Does the proposal focus on fungi, especially mushroom-forming ones?
  • Does the applicant live and/or study and/or work in the Pacific Northwest, or
  • Would the proposed activities take place in the Pacific Northwest (as we have defined it) or involve or pertain to Pacific Northwest fungi?
  • Does the proposal involve research and/or education? If so, on a scale of 1–10, how important is the research to our region and/or how much need is there for the education program?
  • Would the proposed activities and/or their results be of interest and/or relevance to the broad Pacific Northwest mycological community, both amateur and professional?
  • Is the proposed project one that is suitable for consideration for an award from the Dr. Winter Fund?
  • Has the applicant obtained (or attempted to obtain) funding from other sources?
  • Does the applicant appear qualified to carry out the proposed activities?
  • Has the applicant received prior funding from DESMF? If so, were those activities completed successfully?
  • Does the proposed budget seem reasonable in light of the proposed scope-of-work and other sources of funding?
  • If the Board decides to approve an application, can the full amount of the requested budget be awarded, or must the amount be reduced in order to accommodate awards to other successful applicants?
  • Will the data and results be used in ways that are consistent with the goals and objectives of the Foundation?
  • Does the applicant have a reasonable plan for disseminating the results to the Pacific Northwest mycological community?
  • Past Grant Recipients:

    • M.S., Stephen Rehner, 1984

      Thesis title: "A survey of agarics in Artemisia-Agropyron shrub-steppe and Salix communities of Grant Co., Washington"
    • M.S., Lu-hsi Shih, 1986 (non-thesis)

      "Basidia cytology of Laccaria species"
    • Ph.D., Stephen Rehner, 1989

      "Systematics, Mating Compatibility and Ribosomal DNA Variation in Agrocybe, section Pediadeae"
    • M.A.T., Judy Stanhope, 1990

      “A comparative study of the upper cortex of Platismatia glauca from rural and urban habitats in western Washington state”
    • M.S., Glenn Walker, 1995 (non-thesis)

      “A preliminary study of the macrofungus species richness in mature and old-growth Picea sitchensis/Tsuga heterophylla forests of the Olympic Peninsula”
    • Ph.D., Yajuan Liu, 1995

      “Molecular evolutionary studies of Dermocybe and Cortinarius species”
    • M.S., Marcangelo Puccio, 1996 (non-thesis)

      Paper: “Distribution of RAPD phenotypes in a natural population of Coprinus velox”
    • Ph.D., Katie Glew, 1998

      “Distribution and Diversity of Alpine Lichens: Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Alpine Lichen Communities in the Northeast Olympic and North Cascade Mountains”
    • Ph.D., Lorelei Norvell, 1998

      “The biology and taxonomy of Pacific Northwest species of Pheocollybia Heim (Agaricales, Cortinariaceae)”
    • Ph.D., Michelle Seidl, 1999

      “Systematic studies in Cortinarius (Agaricales, Cortinariaceae) subgenus Myxacium, sections Defibulati and Myxacium in western North America”
    • M.S., Briana Timmerman, 1999

      “Dispersal in epigeous basidiomycetes: What the probability of spore settlement into various habitats and the size and relatedness of genets suggest about how fungal populations evolve and spread”
    • M.S., Suzanne Joneson, 2003

      “Ramalina of the Kuril Islands -- Phylogenetics of the Ramalina almquistii species complex”
    • Ph.D., P. Brandon Matheny, 2003

      “Molecular Systematics and Taxonomic Contributions Towards the Inocybaceae
    • Ph.D. Noelle Machnicki: in progress (Co-supervisor Josh Tewksbury) – UW

    • Ph.D. Lili Fang: in progress - UW

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