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Innovation Grants Program


Do you dream of being more innovative in your association? Wish you could observe others who are working in new ways? Know what you want to do, but don't have the seed money to get it started? ASAE Foundation may be able to help you. Each year, the ASAE Foundation awards grants to individuals and organizations who wish to learn more about innovation or explore the implementation of an innovative product, service, or process.


What would you do with a $10,000 innovation grant?

Innovation: the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs

Changing business models is a pressing priority for most associations. There is a strong emphasis on innovative solutions to address unique and complex challenges of the 21st century.  But how do you find the resources and support to begin such a project?

ASAE wants to help you pursue innovation in your organization. The Innovation Grants Program (IGP) provides awards to support innovation exploration and development in order to raise awareness and engagement in innovation efforts for the association community. Grant recipients receive $10,000 to dive deeper into innovation and get support to implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community. Learn about past recipients and their projects in the “Past Award Recipients

Who is eligible for the IGP grants? It’s likely that you are! The intended audience for the Innovation Grants Program is the creative individual interfacing with the association community from all angles of the organizational spectrum. Therefore, individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible to apply. All applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member.

In serving as a champion and role model for innovation, this exciting program represents one element in ASAE’s commitment to increase the credibility, approachability, and culture of innovation in the association community.