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Apply now for Bridge to the Future grant program

Full-time faculty and staff at IUPUI, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne are encouraged to apply for new internal funding that will help strengthen campuses across the state, with a special focus on building academic communities.

IUPUI Interim Chancellor Andrew R. Klein announced the Bridge to the Future grant program Sept. 15.

The grants will support projects aligned with one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Support student success
  • Enhance diversity initiatives
  • Capacity building for faculty and staff success

“I am delighted to announce the creation of the Bridge to the Future Grant Program,” Klein said. “As we did during the Welcoming Campus Initiative, we are drawing on the most creative ideas of our faculty and staff from IUPUI, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne to strengthen our campus and — especially — to support our students. I want to extend a very special and heartfelt thanks to our Chancellor’s Circle associates whose generosity has made this grant program possible.”

Single unit proposals may receive up to $5,000. Proposals that involve multiple units are eligible for up to $10,000. Projects that have a direct benefit to students, or in which students are actively engaged, will be given priority consideration.

The grants are made possible thanks to philanthropic support from the IUPUI Chancellor’s Circle.

“We are thankful for the loyal alumni, community leaders, and IUPUI faculty, staff and retirees whose generous donations help sow the seeds of creativity and innovation,” said Casey Chell, IU Foundation associate vice president of development, regional campuses. “We look forward to seeing how the Bridge to the Future grants will be used to build the foundation for new initiatives on the Indianapolis campus, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne, and sharing the successes with donors.”

Interested and eligible faculty and staff can receive guidance on the submission process at an orientation workshop on developing fund proposals. There are two opportunities to attend:

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Sept. 27 in Lilly Auditorium, University Library
  • 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 via Zoom

Register for a workshop and find additional details about funding levels, application requirements, the review process and more on the Office of the Chancellor’s website.

Email proposals, inclusive of support letters and any supplemental items as appendices, to The deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 15. Grant awardees will be notified by Dec. 15.

Send questions to Stephen Hundley, Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, at

Tia Broz is a communications consultant in the Office of the Vice President for Communications and Marketing.