Grants

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation established the Grants Program in 1976 to promote scholarship, research, writing, teaching, and the study of mineral resources law and related fields at law schools. In 2017 the Grants Program was expanded to include innovative new projects or proposals in the fields of mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public land law, and related legal areas.

A Grant-supported project should result in a clear, tangible outcome with widespread utility and long-term value. Since the program’s inception, 271 Grants totaling over $770,000 have been authorized.

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Preparation of books, articles, and similar materials for publication
  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Research expenses incurred by faculty and supervised law students
  • Start-up funding for new educational programs, classes, or conferences
  • For Constituent Law Schools (CLS) of the Foundation, travel costs for CLS professors and practitioners to visit other CLS to teach law school classes or provide scholarly lectures

Examples of eligible expenses include research assistant compensation, publication costs, publicity costs, essential travel related directly to the project, project-related compensation, and data acquisition costs.

The Grants Program will not support recurring projects or programs; projects that involve political or positional advocacy or litigation; or scholarships, fellowships, or visiting professorships.

Visiting Lecture Program

 

To encourage the exchange of ideas and expertise between Constituent Law Schools (CLS) of the Foundation and between CLS and experienced practitioners, CLS are eligible to receive funding for the reimbursement of costs for a CLS professor or an experienced practitioner to travel to another CLS to teach a law school class or provide a scholarly lecture to the law school community or both. Click here for more information.

AWARD PROCESS

Applications are evaluated and awards made by the Grants Committee, with preference given to CLS of the Foundation. Only CLS are eligible for funding under the visiting lecture program. The Foundation does not permit any portion of Grant funds to be applied to pay an administrative fee or charge.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are evaluated as received on a continuing basis, except that larger Grant requests (generally those in excess of $7,500) may be evaluated quarterly since funds are limited and the Committee wishes to ensure that funds go to the most worthy projects. No special application form is required. Please email a cover letter and project description including the following information to grants@rmmlf.org:

  • Your contact details and qualifications to undertake the project
  • A specific description of the project’s objectives and duration (including a proposed timeline), the project’s expected contribution to the field, how the project will be implemented, and the project’s intended results and impact
  • A budget of the total anticipated project expenses, including other sources of support being sought or received for the project
  • The amount and intended use of the funds you are requesting, broken out by budget line item or specific category
  • For scholarly writings, the expected publication or dissemination outlet

The application (cover letter and project description) should not exceed four pages. You may also attach your organization’s general brochure and other information you feel would help the Committee better understand your request.

Generally, Grant funding is paid in advance based on the budget submitted by the applicant. Grant awardees are expected to provide a statement of actual expenses compared to the approved budget at the completion of the project. If the total amount of a Grant award exceeds actual expenses, the Grant recipient is expected to refund the excess to the Foundation. For the Visiting Lecture Program, the Foundation will only reimburse actual travel expenses after the completion of travel supported by receipts in accordance with the Foundation’s travel reimbursement policy, not to exceed the approved travel budget. Generally, permissible travel expenses include airfare, shuttle service or Uber (or equivalent) between the airport and hotel or law school, and hotel. The Foundation does not reimburse meals or incidental expenses for travel.

RECENT GRANT-FUNDED PROJECTS

Florida State University College of Law, Professor Shi-Ling Hsu

Law student research assistance for book on Ocean and Coastal Resources Law

Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Professor John R. Nolon

Law student research assistance for report and law review article on the contributions that local governments can make in conserving water and protecting water quality

University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Professor Jan Laitos

Law student research assistance, acquisition of research sources, and purchase of copyright permissions for book on Rethinking Environmental Law: How Science Has Influenced, and Should Influence, Environmental Policy

University of Calgary Faculty of Law, Professor Al Lucas

Visiting lecture by University of Montana Professor Sandi Zellmer on Canada-US Transboundary Resource Management

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, Professor Lincoln Davies

Law student research assistance for book on U.S. Renewable Energy Law

University of Colorado Law School

Visiting lecture by University of Oregon Dean Marcilynn Burke at Martz Public Land Symposium

Florida State University College of Law, Professor Shi-Ling Hsu

Visiting lecture by University of Wyoming Professor Tara Righetti on energy law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School, Professors Jan Laitos and J.B. Ruhl

Support for book on Pioneers of Environmental Law

Lewis & Clark Law School, Professor Michael Blumm

Law student research assistance for book on Sacrificing the Salmon: A Legal and Policy History of the Decline of the Columbia Basin Salmon

University of Arizona Global Mining Law Center, Director John Lacy

Development of video-recorded interviews with mining attorneys for online mining law instruction

University of Kansas School of Law, Professor Uma Outka

Visiting lectures by Professors Robin Craig (University of Utah) and Justin Pidot (University of Arizona) on water and public lands law

National Wildlife Federation, Tom France, Regional Executive Director

Law student research assistance for case study on grizzly bear delisting to be featured at RMMLF ESA Special Institute

Contact the Foundation at 303-321-8100 ext. 107 or grants@rmmlf.org