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.

A grant-supported project should result in a clear, tangible outcome with widespread utility and long-term value. Since the program’s inception, 239 grants totaling over $642,600 have been authorized.

Project Eligibility

Applications must be for projects supporting scholarship in mining law, oil and gas law, energy law, water law, public lands law, and related areas. Eligible projects include:

  • Preparation of teaching materials
  • Research expenses incurred by faculty and supervised law students
  • Printing or publication expenses for law school seminars, short courses, or symposia
  • Visiting lectureships for law programs or symposia
  • Preparation of substantive articles and materials for publication

The Grants Program may provide seed or start-up funds for meritorious projects, but ongoing support for recurring projects or programs will not typically be provided. Projects should avoid political or positional advocacy, and programs supporting litigation will not be eligible.

Faculty honoraria and faculty/student travel and attendance expenses are not within the scope of the Grants Program, except that the Grants Committee will consider requests to fund travel for non-recurring guest lectures on topics closely related to the purpose of the Grants Program.

Award Process

Applications are evaluated and awards made by the Grants Committee, with preference given to Constituent Law Schools of the Foundation. The Foundation does not permit grant funds to be reduced by an administrative fee or charge.

Application Process

Applications are considered as received on an ongoing basis. No special application form is required. Please email a cover letter and project description including the following information to

  • Your contact details and qualifications to undertake the project
  • A brief narrative describing the project’s objectives and duration, how the project will be implemented, and the project’s intended results and impact
  • A budget of the total anticipated project expenses
  • The amount and intended use of the funds you are requesting, broken out by budget line item or specific category

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.

2015-2016 Grant Recipients

The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation is pleased to have awarded four Grants in 2015:

  • University of Kansas School of Law – Professor Uma Outka:  Research and preparation of a law journal article regarding energy development on state lands
  • TC Beirne School of Law, Queensland – Professor Margaret A. Stephenson:  Research and preparation of a law journal article on prior consent under the principle of free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) as implemented in Australia, Canada, and the U.S. 
  • University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law – Professor Martha Williams:  Research on federal programs that support conservation agreements, and preparation of a substantive article/guide to conservation agreements
  • Lewis and Clark Law School Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law Program – Lucy Brehm, Assistant Director: Research, publication, and recording for a Symposium on Waters of the United States

Contact the Foundation at 303-321-8100 or