Association of
Leadership Educators

Guiding the Leaders of Tomorrow

ALE Mini-Grants

ALE Mini Grant Applications are now


for the 2019-2020 Cycle

2019-2020 Mini-Grant Information & Application

Downloadable PDF can be found here.

The Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) invites ALE members to apply for a limited number of small grants to support new initiatives to advance the following priorities:

  1. Teaching, learning, & curriculum development
  2. Program assessment & evaluation
  3. Psychological development of leaders, followers, and learners
  4. Sociological development of leaders, followers, and learners
  5. Influences of social identity
  6. Social change & community development
  7. Global & intercultural leadership

The Mini Grants program is not for ongoing initiatives but rather to provide seed money to establish new programs. An extension or new direction of an existing program could be considered for funding, if it is clearly demonstrated that the proposed change is significant.

Program Objective

Develop and support programs that will contribute significantly to the Association of Leadership Educators' mission to strengthen and sustain the expertise of professional leadership educators.

    Program Description

    Individuals may request up to $1,500 to cover costs associated with the project. The ALE does not provide overhead support or indirect costs to institutions or other entities assisting in administering the award. The total amount of funds awarded through this program will be based on available ALE resources. The ALE awards committee will review the proposals and make funding decisions. Preference will be given to quality proposals that show a dollar-for-dollar level of matching from other sources. This match may include cash or "in-kind" contributions.


    All current, dues-paid ALE members are eligible to apply. Applications from all leadership education specialization areas are eligible.


    Grant recipients are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

    1. Complete the project that is approved for funding.
    2. Remain an ALE member in good standing for the duration of the project.
    3. Submit a proposal related to the project for presentation at the 2020 ALE conference.

    Proposal Components

    Proposals consist of three parts: cover sheet, narrative, and budget.

    1. Cover Sheet

    The proposal must include a cover sheet with the proposal title, contact information of requester (name, title/affiliation, address, phone, email), and a short project description (200 words max).

     2. Narrative

    The narrative (2-4 pages) should include the following information:

    1. Statement of project objectives.
    2. Project personnel, including organizational affiliations.
    3. Description of specific activities and how results will be shared with appropriate audiences.
    4. Statement of anticipated impact/benefits and importance to leadership educators.
    5. Proposed timeline.
    6. Plan for evaluation of outcomes.

    Additional material may be included as appendices, if it is essential to explaining the proposal.

     3. Budget

    Please specify direct costs to be incurred. The budget should include all project-related expenses, and include sources of any matching funds.

     Proposal Deadline: October 21st, 2019.

    Notification of Award: November 31, 2019.

    Submit proposal as one PDF document by clicking HERE. 

    View Past Mini-Grant Award Descriptions Here

    Expenditure and Reporting Requirements

    Notification of awards will be made by November 31, 2019. The intent is that awards will support activities to be completed before the 2020 ALE conference. Grant recipient should submit a conference presentation proposal that highlights the project activities. The proposal may indicate that it is highlighting a project of the ALE mini-grant program, but it must meet all of the standard requirements for ALE conference proposals. Two payments will be made (1) upon acceptance, and (2) upon receipt of an ALE proposal. A final report is requested upon completion of the project or within one year (November 2021).


    Contact Gina Matkin Director of Awards and Recognition

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