2023-24 Annual Cycle is Open

Want to start something new? We can fund it.

UVA students, faculty, and staff: do you have a crazy idea but need funding? The Jefferson Trust Annual Grant Cycle is open for the 2023-24 academic year!

Proposals can come from students, faculty, and staff for a variety of new programs and projects—everything from starting a new student group to supporting an innovative research project to seeding a University initiative. The Annual Cycle is intended for requests with budgets ranging from $10,000 to over $300,000, but there are no minimums and maximums vary based on available funds.

Key dates to remember:

  • August 2023: LOI forms are available in the grant portal and can be submitted now!
    • Every Annual Cycle grant starts with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), which is an opportunity to simply explain the idea (no need to justify it or cite sources; less is more). Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis.
    • Early LOI entries (before September 15) have a chance for edits and resubmission.
  • October 1: Last day to submit a finalized LOI. From there, selected LOIs move to the proposal stage.
  • October 31: Proposal deadline. After review, the final batch moves forward for in-person pitches to the full Board of Trustees.
  • January 2024: Proposal pitches
  • February 2024: Grants awarded.

We encourage you to plan ahead! You may preview the LOI questions and the Annual Cycle Proposal. When you’re ready to submit an LOI, log on to our Grant Portal.