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.
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.
Mid-August 2023 - Application opens
September 29, 2023 – Application due
November 1, 2023 – Applicants notified
May 31, 2023 – Projects end
June 2023 – Annual conference presentations
If you have any questions about the process, please contact the ACE office at email@example.com
2022 GRANT PROJECTS
Jeff Miller and Karli Yarber, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology, University of Arkansas
Connecting Communication Theories to Practice Through Podcasts
2021 GRANT PROJECTS
Kelsey Merritt and Tucker Wilson, Prairie View A&M University
ACE Marketing Learning Community Webinar Series “Navigating Media Buying”
Quisto Settle, Oklahoma State University
Facilitating a Science Communication Academy for College of Agriculture Graduate Students
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
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
Lori Greiner, Virginia Tech UniversityTrends in Extension Publishing and a Look Toward the Future
Barbara Chamberlin, New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab
Site Visit: Game Development StudiosDennis Hinkamp, Utah State University
Mike Whitesides, Utah State UniversityOnline Behavioral Retargeting to Promote Extension Programs and Products
Ariel Ginsburg, Oregon State University
Scott Swanson, North Dakota State University
Kristina Boone and Gloria Holcombe, Kansas State UniversityExploration of Digital Asset Management Systems
Joanne Littlefield, Colorado State University
ACE Archives Analysis and Digital Collection
Suzanne Steel, Martha Filipic, The Ohio State University
Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Kaw Nation Cultural Heritage Project