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

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.

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Mid-August 2023 - Application opens

September 29, 2023 – Application due

November 1, 2023 – Applicants notified


2022 information

May 31, 2023 – Projects end

June 2023 – Annual conference presentations

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the ACE office at


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