Association of
Leadership Educators

Guiding the Leaders of Tomorrow

Mini-Grants

2017-2018 Mini-Grant Information & Application

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In support of the National Leadership Education Research Agenda, 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 Objectives

  1. 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.
  2. Facilitate and enhance efforts to execute the National Leadership Education Research Agenda.

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 with guidance from the Priority Area Research Team chairpersons. 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.

Example of Project

"Twelve thousand  incarcerated adult students are now going to be able to enroll in postsecondary educational and training programs thanks to the US Department of Education's new Second Chance Pell Pilot program. Roosevelt University is one of only 67 schools around the nation that was selected to participate in this program and as of this fall (2016), cohorts in two low-security men's prisons in Illinois will start working on their bachelor of arts degrees in Organizational Leadership. The mini grant my program received from ALE allowed me to purchase textbooks and other resource materials for the men who will be served by this program.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has stated that "Access to high quality education is vital to ensuring that justice-involved individuals have an opportunity to reclaim their lives and restore their futures" and I am proud to be working with ALE to honor the association's mission and commitment to leadership education through this unique initiative."

--Donnette Noble, 2015-2016 Mini-Grant Recipient

Eligibility

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

Expectations

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 2016 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 as they relate to the ALE mission and the National Leadership Education Research Agenda.
  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 1, 2017

Notification of Award: November 15, 2017

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 15, 2017. The intent is that awards will support activities to be completed before the next ALE conference (July 2018). 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 2019).

Questions

Contact Leslie Pedigo, Director of Awards and Recognition
leslie-pedigo@zetataualpha.org


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