Funding Opportunity: Grant Program for Projects on Multicultural Activities

By: Heather Lennon

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recognizes the importance of acknowledging and appropriately responding to cultural and linguistic influences across the discipline.  This grant program provides support for the infusion of multiculturalism into our clinical, educational, and professional programs; and the activities of allied/related associations and organizations.

When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted by May 4, 2016.  Proposals receiving funding will be announced by August 2016.

Who is eligible?

This RFP competition is open to clinical and/or school-based speech, language, and hearing programs; university programs; state associations; allied and related professional organizations.  An ASHA member must serve as project director.

What kinds of projects will be funded?

Proposals must have a multicultural focus.  Multicultural is defined to include issues dealing with race, ethnicity, language, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability.

Projects must:

  • be compatible with ASHA’s mission and vision
  • have a clear, high-quality plan for meeting its objectives
  • be completed, including evaluation, within 15 months of initiation of the project; and
  • describe the future of the project after ASHA funding has ended

Grants will not be awarded for fund raising, government lobbying, or awards ceremonies.

How much funding is available and how will it be dispersed?

It is expected that the average individual award will be $7,000 to $10,000.  Individual awards will not exceed $15,000.  The exact number of grant awards will depend on the nature, quality, and number of proposals received.  If no proposals meet a minimum level of quality, no grants will be awarded.

One-half of the funding will be provided at the start of the project.  The balance will be provided upon receipt of an interim report which must be submitted by December 16, 2016.  A final report is required of all awardees and must be completed by November 28, 2017.

What should be included in the application?

  • Project Proposals, no more than 2,000 words
  • Complete Budget Form that includes the amount of and justification for requested funds
  • Obtain one letter of endorsement of the project.  This letter should come from someone who can attest to the project director’s capability in completing the project.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit: http://www.asha.org/practice/multicultural/funding/rfp.htm

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