ACE Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants, funded by proceeds from the endowment in the ACE Development Fund, provide support for ACE members to pursue projects and training to upgrade their knowledge and skills. Grants can be used to explore new technologies or concepts, solve everyday problems, or work on team projects. The goal is to have the recipients share their knowledge and findings with the ACE membership.  

The Development Fund Committee will review grant applications that draw on the fund, and then recommend recipients for grants to the board. The committee will be responsible (with input from the board) for establishing the rules and policies for disbursing funds (including materials required for the application process, deadlines, and reporting), as well as eligibility requirements for applicants. 

Recipients of Professional Development Grants are encouraged to present their findings at the ACE annual conference the summer following the grant award.

Individual applicants and the team leader on group projects must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.

  • ACE member in good standing with current dues paid
  • Project must be completed within one year
  • Application must include a written report highlighting ACE-supported activities and a professional biography
  • Application must be accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant’s administrator 
  • Recipients must be willing to share about the project and its results/impacts at the annual conference or via a webinar
  • Must send a letter of support from your administrator

Grants are competitive and meeting eligibility requirements does not guarantee the applicant will receive a grant. The ACE Board encourages submissions for projects that will help advance inclusion, diversity, equity or cultural competence in communications work or the professional development of our membership.

Preference will be given to proposals with broad application, so that a wide array of members can benefit from the professional development experience.

Up to $3,000 total may be awarded to one or more projects. A budget is required as part of the application.

September 30, 2021 – Application Closed

November 1, 2021 – Applicants notified

May 31, 2022 – Projects end

June 2022 – Annual conference presentations

Click here for a form 

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the ACE office at aceoutreach@gmail.com


2020 GRANT PROJECTS

Pam Kan-Rice, Linda Forbes, Ricardo Vela, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

Market research for reaching minority, under-represented and non-English-speaking audiences

Diversity Learning Community

Webinar Series

2019 GRANT PROJECTS

Lori Tyler Gula, University of New Hampshire, delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic


Matt Browning, West Virginia State University

ACE Members Participate in Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment

    PAST GRANT PROJECTS

    2018 

    Lori Greiner, Virginia Tech University

    Trends in Extension Publishing and a Look Toward the Future

    2017

    Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab

      Site Visit: Game Development Studios

      Dennis Hinkamp, Utah State University

        Putting Drones to Work: Drone Mapping and 3D Modeling Using DroneDeply.com, Pixel3D and Other Emerging Software Packages

        Mike Whitesides, Utah State University

        Online Behavioral Retargeting to Promote Extension Programs and Products

          2016

          Ariel Ginsburg, Oregon State University

          What Workers Think: Communication Needs Assessment for Latino Farm and Nursery Workers

          Scott Swanson, North Dakota State University

          How to Capture High-Quality Video

          Kristina Boone and Gloria Holcombe, Kansas State University

          Exploration of Digital Asset Management Systems

          2014    

          Joanne Littlefield, Colorado State University
          ACE Archives Analysis and Digital Collection

            2013     

            Suzanne Steel, Martha Filipic, The Ohio State University

            How Reporters Use Social Media

            Deb Pryor, Kansas State University
            Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Kaw Nation Cultural Heritage Project 


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