Madison Trust 2023:  The top 10 faculty-, staff-, and student-led innovations will be selected for presentation to our panel of philanthropic investors this coming spring. Our submission portal is now open. 

Submit a proposal

Deadline: November 18, 2022

The next Madison Trust innovation funding event will be held on March 10, 2023, both on campus and on Zoom.

Meanwhile, download these helpful documents:

JMU innovators who present their program, project or research reap the triple benefit of

  1. support for budgets up to $25K with a Madison Trust grant,
  2. assistance with positioning your innovation so you can seek other gifts or grants, and
  3. introductions to colleagues at JMU who can help you find and pursue still more funding opportunities

For Current-Year Awardees

Access Project Funds

Read the projects update sent to donors in April 2022:


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See updated project totals:

One of many innovations making a difference: With funding through Madison Trust, Dr. Bill Ritchie developed a student-run operation to collect, store, and ship durable medical equipment that would otherwise go to waste in the U.S. And with a growing network of partners, they have expanded to serve both Ethiopia and the Ukraine.

Madison Trust History
  • Inaugural event November 2014
  • Over 25 units represented through faculty, staff and student presenters
  • Nearly 170 proposals submitted seeking over $2.7 Million
  • 77 investors have participated in person since 2014
  • More than 200 faculty, staff and student presenters representing 91 unique projects
  • $924,884 and counting in private funding

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