Grant Program for Projects on Multicultural Activities

ASHA recognizes the importance of acknowledging and appropriately responding to cultural and linguistic influences across the discipline. This grant program provides support for the infusion of multiculturalism into our clinical, educational, and professional programs; and the activities of allied/related associations and organizations.

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When are applications due?

Applications must be submitted by May 5, 2017. Proposals receiving funding will be announced by August 2017.

Who is eligible?

This RFP competition is open to clinical and/or school-based speech, language, and hearing programs; university programs; state associations; allied and related professional organizations. An ASHA member must serve as project director.

What kinds of projects will be funded?

Proposals must have a multicultural focus. Multicultural is defined to include issues dealing with race, ethnicity, language, gender or gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and ability. There is particular interest in, but not limited to, proposals that respond to ASHA's Envisioned Future: 2025 and ASHA's Strategic Pathway to Excellence; advance Interprofessional Education/Interprofessional Practice (IPE/IPP); and/or result in a tangible product, program, resource, etc..

Projects must:

  • be compatible with ASHA's mission and vision.
  • have a clear, high-quality plan for meeting its objectives.
  • be completed, including evaluation, within 15 months of initiation of the project; and
  • describe the future of the project after ASHA funding has ended.

Grants will not be awarded for fund raising, governmental lobbying, or awards ceremonies.

Please Note: ASHA retains the first right of refusal for marketing and/or future dissemination of any products developed from or during the funded project.

How much money is available and how will it be dispersed?

It is expected that the average individual award will be $7,000 to $10,000. Individual awards will not exceed $15,000. The exact number of grant awards will depend on the nature, quality, and number of proposals received. If no proposals meet a minimum level of quality, no grants will be awarded.

One-half of the funding will be provided at the start of the project. The balance will be provided upon receipt of an interim report which must be submitted by December 15, 2017. A final report is required of all awardees and must be completed by November 30, 2018.

Who evaluates the grant proposals?

The Review Panel will consist of members of the Multicultural Issues Board, affiliates of Special Interest Groups 14: Culturally and Linguistically Diversity, affiliates of Special Interest Group 17: Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, and National Office staff. Members of the panel will exclude themselves from reviewing proposals where a conflict of interest may exist.

A staff member from the ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs will coordinate the review panel. The coordinator's evaluation of a proposal will be considered only when a panel member must be excluded from reviewing a specific proposal or when the panel's ratings do not provide a clear-cut decision on a specific proposal.

How will the grant proposals be rated?

Each reviewer will assign up to 100 points to each proposal as follows:

Need for the project, including degree of impact 0–20 points
Consistency with the objectives of the grant program and ASHA's Mission and Vision 0–10 points
Plan of operation 0–25 points
Evaluation plan 0–15 points
Dissemination Plan 0–10 points
Budget/Cost effectiveness/Justification 0–20 points

Proposals will then be ranked according to the average number of points awarded and any additional comments made by the Review Panel. In addition to the Review Panel's numerical ratings and critical comments, funding decisions are made with consideration given to factors such as the project's similarity to previously funded projects, overlap with other Association efforts, area(s) of practice, timeliness, projected impact, focus on a specific cultural or linguistic population, projected return on investment, and ability to respond to members' needs.

What is the application process?

  1. Develop a project proposal. In no more than 2,000 words describe:
    • the need for the project, including degree of impact;
    • project objectives and how they are consistent with those of the grant program;
    • a plan to meet project objectives that includes specific activities, a time line for their accomplishment, the person(s) responsible for executing the plan, and a description of what will happen to the project once ASHA funding has ended;
    • a means for evaluating this project including meeting stated objectives, quantifiable outcomes, and impact; as well as a client/patient/consumer feedback component, if appropriate; and
    • a plan for dissemination, including how others-individuals, programs, associations or organizations-will access, be informed of, benefit from, replicate, etc. the project results.
  2. Complete the Budget Form that includes the amount of and justification for requested funds.
  3. Obtain one letter of endorsement of the project. The letter should come from someone who can attest to the project director's capability in completing the project.
  4. Submit the application packet.

Questions or inquiries should be directed to:
Karen Beverly-Ducker

ASHA Corporate Partners