Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the selection criteria? 
  2. What types of projects have been funded? 
  3. Who may apply?
  4. How can the grants be used?
  5. What funding is available?
  6. What is the period of the grant?
  7. How and when should I apply?
  8. Who reviews the proposals?

     

1. What are the selection criteria? 

See Community Partnership grant criteria.  

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2. What types of projects have been funded? 

See past winning Community Partnership grant projects

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3. Who may apply?
All individual and institutional members of the American Studies Association are eligible to apply. In addition, ASA regional chapters, committees, boards, and task forces may apply, provided they demonstrate substantial ASA member involvement. Previous recipients of grants may apply, but preference will be given to those undertaking new initiatives. 

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4. How can the grants be used?
The grants are not intended to serve as an ongoing source of funding but rather as seed money to start projects that will then be sustained by other local resources. Proposals must demonstrate a strong working relationship with local organizations providing American studies resources and materials to their constituents. This request for proposals is not intended for use by national or international organizations.

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5. What funding is available?
The ASA intends to award a limited number of grants ranging from $500.00 to $3,000.00. Priority will be given to proposals that indicate (a) a plan for long term continuation of the project, (b) available matching grants, and (c) active attempts to solicit additional funds for the project. Given the limits of the awards, the ASA Community Partnership Grants may not be used to purchase durable equipment or to subsidize anyone’s salary.

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6. What is the period of the grant?
The grants are for twelve months – July 1 through June 30. However, in evaluating proposals, the ASA will give priority to those suggesting continuing activities beyond the grant period to enhance the community’s involvement in delivery of American Studies resources and materials. Project evaluation and financial reports are due thirty (30) days after the completion of the ASA-funded portion of the project.

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7. How and when should I apply?
See the Community Partnership grant application instructions.  

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8. Who reviews the proposals?
The Executive Committee of the ASA National Council will make all final funding decisions based on the aforementioned criteria.

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If you have any questions, please contact the ASA Office of Executive Director at (202) 467-4783 or email asastaff@theasa.net.

We look forward to hearing from you.