Lectures and Fine Arts (LFA) Request for Funds
Please note that the LFA process has changed. Please review the new application and funding schedule.
It is the responsibility of the Lecture and Fine Arts Committee to encourage unique and innovative programs; to coordinate cross-campus collaboration and resource sharing; and to help facilitate connections between the academic program and campus events. The purpose of the LFA funds is to encourage programming that supports our academic and cultural life at Luther. The Committee welcomes and assesses applications for funding for campus events, in amounts up to $1000 per event. All members of the Luther community (faculty, administrative staff, and students) may submit proposals to the LFA Committee to request funds for specific events. In general, LFA will not provide ongoing annual or biennial funding.
Funding of proposals is not automatic. It is the role of the LFA Committee to promptly evaluate proposals on:
- the basis of their promise of quality
- appropriateness for the academic and cultural community
- the potential for relatively broad appeal on the campus
- unique and innovative programming that is different or expands what is offered on campus
- connections to academic or other programs on campus
- support for diversity of student experiences, including cultural experiences, and involves a variety of campus constituencies.
The likelihood of a favorable response to a proposal is enhanced by evidence of realistic and careful planning and by supporting materials submitted with the proposal. Proposals should include at least one opportunity available to the entire campus community.
The LFA budget is divided into five categories
- musical events
- literary events
- visual arts
- speakers in areas not related to the other categories
The LFA Committee's review cycle begins in the spring semester prior to the targeted academic year (i.e. Applications for events for the 2013-14 academic year are reviewed in spring 2013). The review cycle has three phases:
Phase 1: The LFA committee's review cycle begins in April of each academic year. The first, and primary, window for applications begins on April 8 and closes on April 15. After April 15, the Committee will review all submitted applications, and allocate funds to the most qualified applications by May 15.
Phase 2: If there are funds remaining after May 15, the committee will hold a second phase of review in the fall semester. The committee will review category-specific applications received by September 1, October 1, and November 1, and will respond to applicants within three weeks of the first day of each month. Applicants whose applications were previously declined can revise and resubmit their events and applications.
Phase 3: On December 1, any funds remaining in any of the five distinct LFA categories will be pooled into a general LFA fund. The committee will review all applications received by December 1, and will respond to applicants within three weeks. Applicants whose applications were previously declined can revise and resubmit their events and applications.
Resources are available for planning your event at Campus Programming.