The Institute for Freedom and Community seeks to support events and activities that amplify the St. Olaf community’s passion for public affairs, commitment to free inquiry, and the ability to engage with diverse perspectives about politics, markets, and society.
The IFC is able to provide financial, administrative, and assessment support for two classes of activities. Use the mini grant button below to request IFC support for a classroom activity. These awards are typically less than $500, and can also include administrative assistance. For example, IFC funds might be used for bus transportation to the MN state capitol to meet with policy makers. Mini grant applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.
Use the event support button to apply for larger campus-wide events. Examples of these events might include an interdisciplinary speaker series, a small research conference, a debate, or a learning community. Proposals for campus-wide events are due the semester prior to when the event will take place. We are currently accepting applications through November 1, 2022 for programming to take place during the spring semester, 2023.
Interested applicants are encouraged to have a brief conversation with the IFC Director Chris Chapp before applying for support.