Division and Interest Group -- Enterprise and Challenge Awards
The Academy’s award program seeks to encourage divisions and interest groups to develop initiatives that will promote innovation and improve member services. Divisions and interest groups may apply for grant funding through this awards program to assist in the initialization and development of such programs and services.
Preference will be given to initiatives that:
• Build communities of interest and/or learning
• Expand member outreach beyond the annual meeting
• Develop learning portals or knowledge repositories
A. Enterprise Award
This award seeks to provide start-up funds for a Division or Interest Group initiative that is ready to be implemented within the fiscal year. Initiatives that will be considered for this award must have a clear plan developed and ready to be put into action. (Divisions and interest groups need not have previously applied for or received Challenge Award funding in order to be considered)
B. Challenge Award
This award seeks to provide seed money for an initiative that is still in an early development stage. (Divisions and interest groups receiving this type of funding are invited to apply for an Enterprise Award during the next award cycle with the understanding that there is no guarantee of additional funding.)
How to Apply
Detailed criteria for each award may be found on the Division and Interest Group Enterprise and Challenge
Proposals must be e-mailed (no hard copies please) by November 15, 2007 to Kerry Ignatz, Member Services Manager (
). Proposals will be reviewed by the Division and Interest Group Relations Committee (DIGR). Awards will be announced by December 15, 2007. Funding for both the Enterprise and Challenge Awards will be made within one week after the start of the fiscal year (January 1st).
There is an award pool of $3,000 for each award category; multiple divisions or interest groups may receive awards in one category as long as total funding distributions for the award category do not exceed $3,000.
Since the awards inception in 2004, the committee has reviewed an average of 3-4 proposals for each award category per year. The committee may opt to provide no award or adjust the award amount based on its review and judgment of the applications. Actual award amounts have ranged from $300 - $2,000.
• Proposals most likely to be funded will contain a detailed budget, a specific funding amount request, and a clearly described action plan.
• Proposals which request funding for receptions/social events or other food and beverage at the Academy Annual Meeting or traditional PDW sessions will not be considered for either award.