Call for Proposals

The American Counseling Association Foundation
Announces Three Types of Grants
For ACA Member Counselors

Disaster Relief Grants
Growing Healthy and Confident Kids Grants
General Microgrants

Overview: The American Counseling Association Foundation is seeking proposals from American Counseling Association members for grants of up to $500 in three areas:

  • Disaster-Relief Efforts: The Disaster-Relief Grants will assist counselors in disaster-relief efforts addressing natural or other disasters affecting counseling services.
  • Growing Healthy and Confident Kids: The Growing Healthy and Confident Kids Funds Grants will help counselors in work with interventions, initiatives, or outreach efforts directed to children in grades K-5. The counselors’ work must be oriented toward increasing the emotional literacy of children and better equipping them to handle life’s challenges.
  • General Needs: The General Microgrants are designed to address the needs of professional counselors working in areas not covered by the first two grant programs listed above.

Funding for each proposal is limited to $500.00.

Applicants must be an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and currently working as a counselor or enrolled as a graduate student in a counseling program. If a team of applicants submits an application packet, at least one applicant on the team must be an active ACA member upon submission of the application.

Submission Process: Applications for grant funding must be submitted by completing the online American Counseling Association Foundation Funding Application. Applicants are required to answer all of the questions included in the online funding request form and to submit a preliminary budget detailing the use of the requested funds.

The application process is now open. Completed applications will be reviewed upon submission.

Online forms for grant applicants and awardees:
American Counseling Association Foundation Funding Application
American Counseling Association Foundation Project Completion Report

Application Procedures: Applications will be reviewed by a two-member panel with experience and expertise in counselor education and counseling. Grant awardees will have two weeks from the receipt of their award notification to accept the award; funds not accepted will be used for other American Counseling Association Foundation projects.

Awardees who accept American Counseling Association Foundation Grant funding must:

  • Complete a year-end report, using the online American Counseling Association Foundation Project Completion Report form.
  • Agree to be featured in the American Counseling Association Foundation annual report, and
  • Provide the American Counseling Association Foundation with quotes, photos, or other documentation relevant to the funded project upon request.

Funding Criteria:

  • Funds are to be used exclusively for purchasing materials of an educational or therapeutic nature.
  • For graduate students, funds may be used to maintain enrollment in your graduate program (e.g., student fees, books).
  • No more than 10 percent of the total requested funds may be used to purchase food supplies, and all food supplies must be directly related to the specific aims of the proposed project.
  • Under no circumstances are funds to be used as salary or compensation for anyone connected with the project (including participants or their families).

Please direct questions to Catharina Chang, American Counseling Association Foundation Chair, at cychang@gsu.edu