Funk Foundation

FUNK FOUNDATION REQUESTS GRANT PROPOSALS FOR FALL 2019-FALL 2020 ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

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The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. provides grants of up $2,500.00 for archaeological research conducted using New York State sites and artifact collections.  The grants are awarded through a competitive review process. 

The grants generally are for analyses of archaeological collections or non-obtrusive data recording, and do not fund excavation, surface collection, purchases of field equipment, or artifact catalog and data entry projects.  Recent grants have been made for problem-oriented studies such as isotopic analyses involving faunal remains, radiocarbon dating, projectile point analysis, debitage analysis, and petrographic analysis.  The grants support both stand-alone research and specialist studies that are parts of larger projects. 

The Funk Foundation has provided the following announcement of a Fall 2019 grant proposal and review schedule:

Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc.
Fall 2019 Solicitation for 2019-2020 Grant Cycle

The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is soliciting grant applications for the fall of 2019, as part of the 2019-2020 grant cycle.  The Funk Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to supporting archaeological research by student, avocational, and professional archaeologists. Research grants are available for studies of New York State archaeology.  Funds are awarded to support archaeological research projects that compile and present new data or test previous conclusions with the expectation of new findings or insights. The Foundation’s Board of Directors accepts, and reviews grant applications from students, avocational archaeologists, and professional archaeologists. Grant awardees are required to submit a draft final report on their research project within one year of award.

The Fall 2019-20 grant application deadline is September 30, 2019; applications must be electronically submitted on or before this date. Awardees will be informed of the Board’s decision by October 30, 2019.  Application guidelines and information are available on-line at: http://funkfoundation.org/appforms.shtml  or by email request to the Foundation board President Ed Curtin, at: ecurtin12003@yahoo.com

The Funk Foundation's 2018 Grant Cycle

Robert E. Funk in the field, Upper Susquehanna Valley, New York Photo courtesy of the New York State Museum

Robert E. Funk in the field, Upper Susquehanna Valley, New York
Photo courtesy of the New York State Museum

            The Robert E. Funk Memorial Archaeology Foundation, Inc. is now accepting proposals for grants for research in New York State archaeology. Grant applications must be received by May 7, 2018. The grant applications will be reviewed by the Funk Foundation Board of Directors in a competitive process with award decisions made by June 22, 2018. Further information including the grant application forms can be found on the Funk Foundation website at www.funkfoundation.org. If you have any questions, please email Funk Foundation Board President Ed Curtin at ed@curtinarchaeology.com, or call Ed at (518) 928-8813.
            The 2018 grants are for amounts in the range of $1,000.00-$2,500.00. They are ideal to assist parts of stand-alone research projects or studies that are parts of larger projects. For example, Funk Foundation grants have been made to support a range of services such as faunal analysis, radiocrabon dating, petrographic slides, lithic analysis, and remote sensing. Funk Foundation grants do not support fieldwork other than technical applications such as remote sensing.

Archaeologists and Anthropologists Gather for Regional Conferences, Spring 2016

Archaeologists and Anthropologists Gather for Regional Conferences, Spring 2016

On April 15 the New York Archaeological Council (NYAC) met in Rochester, New York preceding the 100th anniversary meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association.  Workshops responsive to the crisis in archaeological collections curation were held as the NYAC program on Friday afternoon. Later that night NYSAA held its business meeting, while the conference continued through the rest of the weekend, ending with a guided tour of the new Seneca Art and Culture Center at the Ganondagan State Historic Site on Sunday afternoon.  Some of the featured events of the NYSAA conference included the day-long plenary session on Saturday and the keynote presentation by John Hart on Saturday night.  Volunteered papers were presented on Sunday morning.