Supporting events that further our mission

The Obermann Center welcomes the opportunity to support events that further our mission—promoting research and creative work, facilitating publicly engaged art and scholarship, and building intellectual community. University of Iowa faculty members may request small, discretionary grants (up to $300) to fund opportunities such as visiting speakers and conferences. While applications are accepted throughout the year, we strongly encourage you to apply for these funds before December 15.

Please note: The requesting party is expected to administer the funding and the event. The Obermann Center will provide publicity by adding the event on our website and monthly newsletter but will not assume additional organizational responsibilities in connection with co-sponsored events.


Required Items

  • Letters requesting funds for co-sponsorship should include:
    • Your name, campus affiliation, and email address
    • The name and affiliation of the speaker and/or title of the event or series
    • The purpose
    • The intended audiences including the academic departments whose faculty and students would find the event of special interest
    • The specific amount requested and how it will be used 
    • Other primary sponsors

Submission Guidelines

E-mail requests to the Center’s Director of Operations, Erin Hackathorn (