Kenyon Campus Community Development Fund
The Kenyon Campus Community Development Fund is a financial resource for projects involving student collaborations with faculty and/or staff members.
Created by a generous donation from Richard Spinner '63 in 2001, the inspiration for the fund was the memory of the "informal life mentoring" that Mr. Spinner remembers receiving from Professor Denham Sutcliffe while playing pick-up games of Frisbee on the lawn of Ascension or crossing paths around campus.
The purpose of the fund is to encourage those same kinds of casual but significant interactions with faculty and staff that occur outside of the formal classroom setting and are such an important and valued part of the student experience at Kenyon.
Though the number of grants awarded each semester is small, the range of projects funded has been broad. The KCCDF has supported everything from student-faculty athletic events, to symposia on shared interests, to helping fledgling clubs or film series make a start, to special interest workshops, to developing shared spaces. The committee cannot award monies to be used as stipends or work-study for Kenyon faculty or students.
Each semester, applications are accepted for potential projects in the following semester. (For example: applications were accepted and reviewed during Fall semester 2008 for activities that took place in Spring semester 2009.) Applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of a professor from each academic discipline, administrators from the offices of the Dean of Students and the Provost, and a student representative. The committee's recommendations are reviewed and approved by the Dean of Students and Provost.
Link to new, any-time-of-year Application
Please submit applications to: Pamela Faust, Edelstein House, 26
Who can apply for a Grant?
Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators can apply. It is recommended that an application specify faculty/ staff and student interaction.
What events can we apply for?
The Fund is designed to support and enhance the important student-faculty interactions that occur outside of the formal classroom setting. Be creative, the fund can support a number of events and activities that encourage faculty and student interaction outside the classroom. The Fund will not sponsor events that are purely social events that are principally for the consumption of food and drink. Please see the list of activities that have been approved for Funding below.
Can I apply each semester?
Yes, you may apply as many times and for as many activities as you like. If an application is turned down, you may reapply. Please note, grants for a specific project are limited to four semesters (consecutive or not) , and are not intended for existing activities.
How do I apply?
Applications must be submitted through the provided survey and will be available during the fall and spring semesters. Keep an eye out for an e-mail advertisement in the early fall and early spring notifying the campus of application deadlines.
The Kenyon Campus Community Development Fund has helped to support a wide variety of events and programs since its establishment, including:
- Kenyon NightCAPS Series
- Remembering the Holocaust
- Queer Literary Group
- Field Trip to Chicago's China Town
- Panel on the 2004 Election & Election Watch
- Fiber Arts Evening
- Japanese Cultural Festival
- An Afternoon of Apples
- Drum Circles
- Field Trips to the Wexner Center
- Dinner Discussions with Visiting Lecturers and Artists
- Community Kitchen Development
- Student/Faculty/Staff Guitar Sessions
- Russian Children's Choir Performance
- Kenyon Poetry Salon
- Chinese New Year Celebration
- Art History Association Lecture Series
- A Day at Court: Faculty/Staff Athlete Tennis Tournament
- Indian Festival in Columbus
- Canterbury Tuesday Night Dinners
- Kenyon Review Writers' Harvest
- Faculty/Student Athlete Healthy Relationship Luncheons
- Physics of Cricket
- Performance Art on Campus
- Women's Self-Care Dinner Programs
- Paradise Lost Reading Marathon
- Stress Management Through Healing Arts
- Crossroads Film Series and Discussions
- Biodiesel Manufacturing Project
- Ladies of Gambier Luncheon
- Bringing the Art Exhibit "Alphabet" to Campus
- Election Watch 2008
- Saturday Night Fellowship
- Marathon Reading of Cien Anos de Soledad
- Faculty/Student Field Trip to Columbus
- Current German Cinema
- Living La Vida Loca
- China's Transition in Six Fields