Submit an application to participate in the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Community Action Grants 2021 to get a Grant funding of up to $10,000.
Application Deadline: December 1 2021
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Start by clicking on the Apply Now button below to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following areas.
Qualifications of the Project Director and Staff: Identify the person responsible for the project and other relevant leadership staff. Briefly outline the experience, education, and skills that qualify them to direct the project. In addition, list other staff and individuals who will work on the project. Describe their roles and qualifications. (300-word limit)
Organizational Capacity: Briefly describe the branch, organization or individual’s capacity to carry out the project. What other projects have they planned and implemented that have prepared them to carry out this project? For AAUW branch or state projects, how will the project promote AAUW branch/state growth? (300-word limit)
Abstract: Briefly describe the proposed project. Identify the target audience, goal of the project, anticipated outcomes, and relevance of the project to AAUW’s mission. (150-word limit).
Rationale (Need Statement): Provide evidence of need for the project. Describe the community served by the project, the problem being addressed, and the reason for initiating the project. Emphasis should be on community needs, not a general research base for need. (300-word limit)
Description (Anticipated Outcomes): Identify the goal and anticipated outcomes of the project. The outcomes should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Describe the methods you plan to use to achieve these outcomes. Explain how the proposed project will meet the needs of the target audience in an original and/or innovative way. (300-word limit)
Implementation Plan: Outline the project timeline and list planned activities and/or events according to the timeline. Explain how the implementation plan will lead to desired outcomes. Explain how you plan to recruit participants (if applicable) and share information about the project with your community. (300-word limit)
Community Partners: List the names of all organizations that you plan to collaborate with on this project. For each organization, explain why it is an appropriate partner for the project and its role and level of involvement in the project (Organizational Commitment Form and Organizational Summary from partners must be sent as supporting documents for projects with community partners). (300-word limit)
Evaluation Plan: Explain how you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Outline the specific strategies you have used and plan to use to determine if you have achieved the anticipated outcomes outlined in your proposal. Explain why the evaluation method you plan to use is appropriate for the project. (300-word limit)
Dissemination Plan: Describe how you plan to disseminate information about the results and impact of the project. Provide a detailed plan for how and when the dissemination will occur. (300-word limit)
Long-Term Impact/Outreach: Describe the anticipated long-term impact of the project. Explain how the project will reach underserved audiences and build connections with diverse individuals and organizations. Explain why the project has potential for sustainability after the grant period ends. (300-word limit)
Project Budget: An itemized budget for the project must be included. Project budgets should reflect the costs that will be incurred during the grant period.
Describe the relationship of your expenses to the desired outcome of the project. (150-word limit)
Provide details about the sources of your in-kind support and cash funds. (150-word limit)
What mechanisms do you have in place to monitor your budget and to ensure your funds are tracked and utilized properly? (150-word limit)
If you have a budget shortfall, how will you address the shortfall? (150-word limit)
Documents & Review
An Organizational Summary Form and Statement of Commitment are required for:
All applicants applying as nonprofit organizations (including universities) and all AAUW branches.
All organizations that will act as collaborative partners on this project. The Organizational Summary form will be available in the application. The statement must include two paragraphs that outline the collaborating organization’s commitment to the project in terms of time, personnel, facilities, monetary support, etc. Statements must be written on organizational letterhead.
Community Action Grants provide funding to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW
state organizations as well as community-based nonprofits for innovative programs that promote
education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering
college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career. Since 1972, AAUW has provided support
to hundreds of communities across the United States.
Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.
Notification of decisions emailed to applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
When a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the date will be observed on the following business day.
The panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the criteria outlined here. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by AAUW. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year.
To ensure a fair review process, AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of the awards panels. AAUW does not provide written or oral evaluations of applicants. No provisions exist for reconsideration of grant proposals. Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of AAUW and will not be returned or held for another year.
The following criteria apply to the selection of Community Action Grants:
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