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Diversity and Inclusiveness Funding
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2017–2018 Diversity and Inclusiveness Funding

The American Philosophical Association, in keeping with its mission and goals and the association’s longstanding commitment to addressing philosophy’s serious lack of demographic diversity, will make available up to $20,000 in fiscal year 2018 to fund projects aiming to increase the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy.

As the APA operates primarily in the US and Canada, programs must have a clear application to diversity in a US/Canada context. The board wishes to express its particular interest in supporting programs that explicitly address more than one type of diversity (e.g., gender and race/ethnicity).

Proposals totaling approximately $10,000 or $20,000 are strongly preferred, as the board of the association anticipates funding either one $20,000 project or two $10,000 projects. Proposals for $20,000 projects are encouraged to include an alternate project description and budget at the $10,000 level.

The APA normally funds projects for only one year at a time, but welcomes applications for renewal funding in subsequent years.

The board of officers will review proposals and make funding decisions in November 2017, so proposed projects should commence no earlier than January 1, 2018. Funding will be disbursed in the first half of calendar year 2018.

For further details, see the full request for proposals (PDF).

 Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals using our standard application.

Only members may submit a grant proposal; please sign in to access the submission form.

 To submit a diversity grant proposal, fill out the diversity grant proposal submission form.

 Questions may be directed to [email protected].

Grant Policies

The following policies apply to all APA grants.

Preference for Seed Funding

The APA has long preferred providing short-term funding to help new and innovative projects get off the ground rather than long-term, repeat, or sustaining funding for established projects. Further, the APA does not have the financial resources to provide long-term or indefinite funding, no matter how valuable the program. As such, it is the policy of the board of officers that, in reviewing funding requests, there will be a strong preference for funding pilot projects rather than established ones. Further, no project will be funded for longer than three years at a time.

Reporting Requirement

Any project or program funded by the APA must submit an annual report to the board of officers for each year in which it received funding. This report must detail what the APA’s funds supported and evaluate the program’s progress toward its goals in the preceding year. This evaluation should be based on the evaluation plan detailed in the original proposal.

No proposals will be considered for future funding unless these required evaluation reports have been received. Further, no funding proposals will be considered from any member whose past funded proposals have not submitted the required reports.

Please note that all grant reports will be made public.

Grant Publicity

All programs receiving funding from the APA must include recognition of that funding in publicity materials for that program. For more information see the APA's Grant Publicity Guidelines.

Administrative Cost Policy

The American Philosophical Association is not a federal agency. Accordingly, no grants awarded by the American Philosophical Association shall be subject to facilities and administrative costs. See the full administrative cost policy.