Caddo Archaeology Research Fund

Guidelines for submission of application packet to the Caddo Archaeology Research Fund

Undergraduates, graduate students, Caddo Nation people, professional archaeologists, and avocational archaeologists can apply for a grant through the Caddo Archaeology Research Fund (CARF). The application will be submitted by e-mail to the Director of the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research (JCB Center) and will be distributed to the CARF Board of Advisors for review. Questions regarding the application packet should be directed to the Director of the JCB Center.

The application packet will contain a research statement (up to five pages in length), a timeline for the completion of the project, the budget for the proposed project, and a curriculum vita of the applicant. Undergraduate and graduate student applicants must also include a letter of support from their faculty advisor. Upon completion of the project, draft and final reports must be submitted to the Board, and we strongly suggest that the final report also be submitted to the Caddo Archeology Journal to be reviewed for publication.

Application Process

When a grant application is received by CARF, Board members will review the grant application within 30 days of receipt to determine if it is suitable to meet CARF’s purposes. A 2/3rd majority of the members of the Board must agree that a grant warrants funding for a grant application to be successful. On grants that are not successful, the Board members will provide a review and critique the unsuccessful grant proposal in the hopes that grant applications can be revised and resubmitted for future consideration.

The amount of money that will be available for grants will depend upon the maximum amount of funds that can be distributed each year. At the present time, individual grants may be awarded for up to $2,000 per grant, and no more than one grant will be awarded per year. Upon completion of the project, and submission of reports, grant money will be issued in the form of a reimbursement of funds, up to the awarded amount. The applicant will be required to submit receipts and a summary of utilized funds.

CARF Funds will be administered by the Director of the JCB Center, but only on the advice of the CARF Board. The Board of Advisors will select the awards and amounts to be granted. Grant funds will be reimbursable at either the draft or final report stage, as negotiated between the Board and the grant awardee. Funds are to be used only for research purposes, and not for the purpose of purchasing equipment to complete the research study.

Support the Caddo Archaeology Research Fund

Donations to support of the Caddo Archaeology Research Fund can be made directly through the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research by clicking here. Donations can also be mailed directly to the JCB Center: University of Central Arkansas, Dr. Duncan P. McKinnon, Irby Hall 306, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035. Questions regarding donations can be sent to the JCB Center Director.



Board of Advisors of the Caddo Archaeology Research Fund

The Caddo Archaeology Research Fund (CARF) board will serve as an advisory board for the CARF that will be administered by the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research (JCB Center) at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). The JCB Center is the hosting institution, and the current chair of the CARF will be the JCB Center Director.

The CARF will have a minimum of six board members, at least one board member per state (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas), one representative required from the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, or other representatives who work in the Caddo Archaeological Area as necessary. Terms of service will be a minimum of three years, after which they can step down, and be replaced by a new Board member. Board members can serve up to two consecutive three year terms.

New Board members are nominated by the current Board of Directors three months before the end of each three-year term, if any of the Board members are stepping down. Board members should have an interest in the archaeology of the Caddo people, and a concern with contributing to the collective knowledge of the archaeology and Native history of the Caddo and the Caddo area.

During their terms of service, CARF Board Members will have several duties:

  1. Review grant proposal submissions
  2. Determine which grant proposal submissions will be awarded a CARF grant
  3. Review report on awarded grant projects
  4. Help to publicize the establishment and purpose of CARF as well as to solicit contributions to the JCB Center in support of CARF. Board members are not required to make donations to the CARF as part of serving as a Board member
  5. Participate in the annual or biannual meeting (either in person or digitally) of the Director and Board members.

CARF will have an annual or biannual meeting, in which the Director presents a budgetary accounting of CARF fund amounts (donations, awards, etc.). Or, at a minimum, the JCB Director will make that document available to the CARF board at either an annual or biannual time. Other topics relevant to the business of the CARF may also be discussed at the meeting.

Advisory Board

  • Jeffrey S. Girard, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Bobby Gonzalez, Caddo Nation of Oklahoma Chairman, Binger, Oklahoma
  • Scott W. Hammerstedt, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, Oklahoma
  • Brad Jones, State Archeologist, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas
  • Duncan P. McKinnon, Chair of the CARF Advisory Board, Director of the Jamie C. Brandon Center for Archaeological Research, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
  • Tom Middlebrook, Texas Archeological Stewardship Network, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Mary Beth D. Trubitt, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Henderson State University Arkadelphia Research Station, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Fred Valdez, Director, Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, The University of Texas at Austin