"I've never seen the local societies so engaged and so creative as they have been since [the Society Outreach Grant Program] was instituted." -Jane C. Waldbaum, AIA Past President and Former Milwaukee Society President
The AIA Society Outreach Grant Program encourages societies to plan and implement outreach activities in their local community. Any event that promotes archaeology, the AIA's mission, and focuses on public outreach and education will be considered for funding. Attracting new members to the AIA and the society should also be a goal. This grant is meant for innovative outreach programs, replicable by other societies and beyond the regular lecture program supported by the national office (see past projects). Funds may be used for any expense related to organizing and conducting the programs, these include but are not limited to materials, travel expenses, honoraria, advertisements, and publicity. If funds are requested for a lecture, the Society should provide adequate explanation as to how this lecture is meaningfully different from the routine lecture series (e.g., involvement of new audience, development of new partnerships, educational programs, visibility in an attractive segment of the community or the like). Grant money cannot be used for things like outside management (i.e. hiring an event planner) or for basic operating costs. The grant is available to any chartered AIA society. Preference is given to new projects.
Grants do not have a set monetary value. The amount awarded to a Society will be contingent on the estimated cost of the event or project being planned. If the estimated cost is $500 or less, Societies should apply for a Small Grant. If the estimated cost is between $500 and $1,000, Societies should apply for a Large Grant. AIA National Office has devised a chart to help Societies during the application process. Applicants for a Large Grant must submit a detailed budget with the application and a final report must be submitted within two months after the completion of the event.
Grant applications will be reviewed twice a year. Multiple grants will be awarded in each cycle. All applications must be submitted electronically online. No mailed applications will be accepted. Award winners will be notified within six weeks of submission of the completed application (including all attachments and budgets).
Deadlines are December 1 for projects scheduled for spring of the following year and April 15 for projects scheduled for fall of the same year.
For more information about the AIA Society Outreach Grant, please contact Meredith Anderson Langlitz, Senior Programs Coordinator.
For information about supporting the AIA Society Outreach Grant, please contact Jennifer Klahn, Director of Major Gifts.