ACHE South members or graduate students with sponsorship from ACHE South members are eligible to apply. The same person cannot receive more than one monetary award (Joseph P. Goddard Scholarship, Mini-Grant, or Wayne Whelan Research Grant) in the same year.
Mini-grants will be awarded with the anticipation that the program or project will result in:
1) a model that other continuing education units can replicate in responding to and meeting the needs of adult and lifelong learners;
2) a research project that addresses the issues, changes, and new ideas of continuing higher education; and/or
3) a report or proposal for developing professional skills, expanding current knowledge and practices in adult and continuing
education, and/or dealing with rapid changes and overwhelming information and technology.
ACHE South may award up to three mini-grants annually. The number and total dollar value of mini-grants awarded annually will be contingent upon the profit or loss of the previous ACHE South conference. The ACHE South Executive Committee will make an annual recommendation on the maximum number of mini-grants to be awarded. Grant may be up to $500 and are generally
nonrenewable except in unusual and well-justified instances. Funds may be used to defray expenses incurred as a result of
innovative program development, implementation, expansion, and/or research activities. Such expenses may include supplies,
equipment, administrative support, and travel.
Applications for mini-grants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Applicability to the field of adult, continuing education, and lifelong learning
2. Definition and clarity of objectives and expectations to be accomplished
3. Quality and significance of research proposal
4. Adaptability of the program/project to other continuing education units
5. Appropriateness and justification of budget request
Members of the ACHE South Awards Committee will evaluate proposals.
Mini-grant recipients will be required to submit to the ACHE South Executive Committee final reports on their programs/projects within ninety days of completion of the program/project. Reports should detail program and financial outcomes/research findings and should include copies of program brochures or research data. Reports submitted may be used whole or in part in ACHE publications. The Mini-Grant recipient is strongly encouraged to present the result/findings of the project at the next scheduled regional conference.