Purpose and Activities
The fund helps the community better understand Congress and its leaders by sponsoring awards, research grants and educational programs.
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
Congressional Research Awards
The program is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. The awards program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Proposals should concentrate on leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Awards range from a few hundred dollars to $3,500.
Grants to Individuals Program
Scholarships to study American government at one of the specified IL universities. Grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.
Ray and Kathy LaHood Scholarships for the Study of American Government
Promotes the study of politics and governance as practiced by the distinguished public servants who have represented Illinois’s 18th district in Congress, and provides financial support for tuition, fee, and books to Bradley University juniors who are majoring in a discipline related to the fund’s purpose and interest or in a subject related to the study of the federal government. Eligible applicants must: be juniors in good standing who will enter their senior year of study in a field related to the study of the U.S. government (e.g. political science, public administration, American studies, and U.S. history); attend Bradley University; and have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall and 3.75 in their major.
Robert H. Michel Special Projects Grants
These grants (which generally range from $2,500 to $5,000) are intended to fund work that advances the public understanding of the federal legislature through research and teaching. Examples of eligible projects include conferences that bring together congressional scholars, the collection or publication of resources useful for research, efforts by teachers to develop creative ways to teach about Congress, and publications, especially those with appeal beyond academia.
Applications are accepted throughout the year; applications for Congressional Research Awards which exceed the page limit and incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the screening committee for consideration. Applicants must be US citizens; foreign applications will not be considered
Application form not required.
Initial approach: Contact foundation
Copies of proposal: 5
Board meeting date(s): June
Deadline(s): Feb. 1
Final notification: Mar.