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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.

The APA board of officers will consider members' requests to fund projects that benefit the field of philosophy. The APA Eastern Division provides $25,000 per year for the APA to allocate among approved projects. Proposals will be reviewed at the fall meeting of the APA board, normally held in November.

Application Instructions

Proposals must be submitted no later than June 30 each year

Only members may submit a grant proposal. 

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

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Proposals must include the following:

  • The names and institutional affiliations of the project steering committee.
  • An abstract of the proposal (150 word maximum)
  • A brief account of the project's purpose, explaining its benefits for the field of philosophy and/or how it involves community outreach.
  • A description of the groundwork already laid for the project or, in the case of projects involving community outreach, a description of the relationships already developed in the community.
  • A plan and timeline for achieving the proposed project.
  • A detailed project budget with a schedule for allocation of the funds to the project.
  • A designation of the fiscal agent for the project.
  • Information about other funding sought or obtained.
  • A description of how the project will be assessed at its completion with an eye to what worked and what could be improved.
  • A description of how the project will be advertised to the larger philosophical and/or lay public.
  • Where a proposal includes the creation of a website, proposers should include details as to where the site will be hosted and indicate whether they intend a link to be created on the APA’s website. (The APA will not host websites for grantees.)
  • If the proposal involves public lectures, performances, presentations, or films, the proposers should address how the program will be accessible for disabled persons, including deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired individuals.
  • Upload (within the submission form) a brief CV (maximum two pages) for each project coordinator, highlighting activities relevant to the project. Upload all CVs as one .pdf file.

Please note that, as a service to future applicants, successful proposals will be made public.


  1. Proposals should ordinarily be for expenditures that will be completed by the end of the academic year following the one in which the grant is authorized. (For grants approved at the fall 2019 board meeting, therefore, expenditures should ordinarily be spent before the end of the 2020–2021 academic year.) Proposals that plan expenditures later than this must directly explain and justify the timeline for expenditures.
  2. While a proposal may describe a project that needs funding over more than a year, the APA will not commit to support of a grantee beyond the funds authorized in any year. Applicants should, however, inform the APA if the activities for which a proposal seeks funding are part of a multiyear program.
  3. Applications for the support of conferences must demonstrate some general benefit to the profession in addition to advancing philosophical discussion of the conference topic.
  4. Proposals may include requests for travel funds. However, applicants should keep in mind that it is not the policy of the APA to fund travel to its own divisional meetings and thus a careful explanation of the travel for which the funding is sought under an APA grant will be needed.
  5. Grants may not be used to contribute to, or to create, endowments.
  6. The APA does not provide administrative support for grantees, nor will the APA act as the fiscal agent for a grant.
  7. A grant by the American Philosophical Association to any University shall be conditioned upon such University’s agreement not to charge the American Philosophical Association with any Facilities and Administrative Costs in connection with such grant. (See Administrative Cost Policy)
  8. The APA does not accept applications from committees of the APA. (This does not preclude the members of a committee applying as a group, provided they bear in mind the previous stricture.)
  9. Grant proposals involving the use of graduate student assistance need to indicate whether graduate students will receive any academic credit for work they do in connection with grant-supported activity.

Selection Criteria

  • The board favors project proposals that ask for seed money for new projects and demonstrate the potential to obtain continuing support from other sources.
  • The board favors projects that serve as a model for other institutions, and for which the grant recipient is willing to provide information about the project for others.
  • Given the limited annual grant funds (a total of $25,000), project proposals are more likely to be successful if they request $5,000 or less.
  • Project proposals are more likely to be successful if they have secured local support for the project.
  • Project proposals are more likely to be successful if a groundwork for the project has already been laid, or in the case of community projects, if some relationships with people in the community have already been developed.
  • The board will not ordinarily fund lectures or lecture‐series at a single university or college.

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.

Previously Funded Projects

See projects previously funded through the APA Grant Fund, including successful proposals, evaluation reports, and links to more information.

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