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Due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the APA has put into effect a one-year suspension of APA grants programs for the 2020–2021 fiscal year, to include the diversity & inclusiveness grant program, the small grants program, and donor fund micro-grants. This affects the applications that would have been due June 30, 2020.

2020–2021 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 2021 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 at all levels of philosophy. The APA board of officers strongly prefers proposals that convincingly demonstrate their potential to decisively impact diversity and inclusion within 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).

All APA members are invited to submit proposals.

The APA strongly prefers proposals totaling approximately $10,000 or $20,000, as the board of the association anticipates funding either one $20,000 project or two $10,000 projects. The board encourages applicants who submit proposals for $20,000 projects to include an alternate project description and budget at the $10,000 level.

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

The board of officers will review proposals and make funding decisions in November 2020. Projects should commence no earlier than January 1, 2021. The APA will disburse grant funds by June 30, 2021.

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

Only APA members may submit a grant proposal.

To submit a diversity grant proposal, fill out the budget template and the diversity grant proposal submission form. You will upload the completed budget template within the submission form.

For questions, contact

Grant Policies

The following policies apply to all APA grants.

It is APA policy that a given project can only be submitted to one APA funding stream at a time.

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.

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