American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

NSSLHA Grant Program for Chapters

There are two grants available for NSSLHA chapters: the Community Service Grant and the Nancy McKinley Regional Project Grant. Grants are awarded twice a year—during the spring and fall funding cycles. Chapters may apply for either or both grants in a funding cycle. Eleven community service grants and eleven regional project grants (one for each region) will be awarded in a funding cycle. The application deadline is March 1 (for consideration at the spring Executive Council meeting) or November 1 (for consideration at the fall Executive Council meeting).

Community Service Grants | Nancy McKinley Regional Project Grants
Fund Disbursement | Tips for Submitting a Successful Application

Community Service Grants

icon_CommunityServiceGrantsNSSLHA chapters in good standing are eligible to receive matching funds up to $1,000 to purchase equipment (e.g., AAC devices, computers and/or peripheral computer devices) or other materials (e.g., clinical tests, software) to donate to a nonprofit organization that assists others living with a communication disorder. Nonprofit organizations in education, health and human services, or local chapters of a national nonprofit self-help/support group are eligible to receive support under this grant. The target organization must perform services and treat patients within 50 miles of the NSSLHA chapter.

Community Service Grant funds cannot be used in the following manner:

  • to provide support to the local speech and hearing clinic where the local chapter is affiliated;
  • to provide a salary or stipend to an audiologist or speech-language pathologists to perform services;
  • to provide a monetary contribution to the organization or to the local chapter involved with the activity; or
  • to facilitate an award ceremony or dedication event to present the organization with the new equipment or resources.

Applying for a Community Service Grant is simple: complete a Community Service Grant Application Form online. Complete each section of the application as instructed.

View community service grants awarded to date.

Nancy McKinley Regional Project Grants

icon_McKinleyRegProjectGrantsNSSLHA chapters in good standing are eligible to receive funds up to $1,000 to support pre-professional activities, education events, or advocacy projects that benefit the members of a local NSSLHA chapter or region. This award is named in honor of Nancy McKinley, founding owner of Thinking Publications, because of her dedication to NSSLHA and students pursuing careers in the communication sciences. Regional Project Grant Awards are considered "bridge" funding for a project. This means that funding priority is given to those projects that are most in need of financial assistance.

Regional Project Grant funds cannot be used in the following manner:

  • to provide scholarships to students to attend national or state conferences;
  • to facilitate NSSLHA Loves or other fundraising activities;
  • to provide gifts or awards to speakers or students participating in local chapter activities; or
  • to provide equipment or services to the local chapter or to another organization (please refer to the Community Service Grant application to apply for this funding)

Applying for a McKinley Regional Project Grant is simple: complete a McKinley Regional Project Application Form online. Complete each section of the application as instructed.

View McKinley regional project grants awarded to date.

Fund Disbursement

Chapters that are awarded funds receive a letter of grant award, a check for half of the awarded amount, and guidelines for the End of Grant Report [PDF] to be returned to the national office at the completion of the event. The recipient of the End of Grant Report [PDF], program evaluation [PDF], and a final financial statement, a check request will be issued for the balance of the grant funds.

Tips for Submitting a Successful Application

  • View the Community Service Grants [PDF] and Nancy McKinley Regional Project Grants [PDF] presentations for helpful tips and application information.
  • Be clear and concise in communicating the purpose of the grant and the use of the grant funds.
  • The Executive Council favors applications and/or activities that are prepared and coordinated by students.
  • Contact your regional councilor to discuss the proposed activity and to seek his/her support.

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