Annual program grants are designed to help our chapter directors expand their programs and reach more people. Domestic chapters may receive grants up to $4500 while international chapters receive up to $3000. Actual grant amounts depend on the specific needs of each qualifying chapter and are awarded on an annual basis.
How to Qualify for Program Funding
To qualify for an annual grant, a chapter must be in “good standing” by remaining active and remain in close communication with program staff.
Specifically, a chapter must be in operation for at least a year, and:
- Host at least six (6) educational events in a 12-month period with at least 15 attendees per event.
- Maintain close contact with AIER and Program staff. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Notify event staff of all upcoming events via email at least two, or preferably, three weeks in advance.
- Send short event recaps and event photos to program staff and follow up with more information as requested.
- Promptly responding to program questions and requests for information.
- Remain committed to our mission, remain non-political, and remain grounded in free-market ideas.
- Sign any supporting grant documents.
Using Your Funds
Once qualified, AIER staff will ask you to apply for funding and outline how you plan to use grant funds. In general, we expect directors to use funding to strategically grow their chapter, improve their events, and attract a larger audience. For example, funds should be used to compensate a high profile speaker, offset costs associated with an improved venue, pay for a special event, or test an outreach project. Grants are not meant to subsidize a chapter’s normal budget or compensate the chapter director in any way.
Domestic Chapters: AIER will reimburse a single contact (i.e. the chapter director and signer of the MOU) for chapter-related expenses. Itemized receipts or invoices must be submitted for reimbursement.
International Chapters: AIER cannot send funds to individuals in foreign countries, therefore you must either form a local non-profit (NGO) or partner with a local non-profit to receive grants on your behalf. Funds must be “restricted” to your chapter’s programming purposes only.
- Chapters are evaluated by programming staff in January and July of each year.
- Chapters may only qualify once per year.