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Opportunity Grants

Opportunity grants are open to applicants whose requests fall outside the guidelines of the Foundation’s current grant-making programs.

Interested applicants must submit a one-page letter of intent. The letter should describe the purpose of the request, list the applicant’s credentials and state the amount of funding requested. The deadlines for letters of intent are August 1 and December 30 of each calendar year. Applications will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Special Committee on Funding Initiatives. If the request fits the Foundation’s current priorities, applicants may be asked to submit a full proposal to the Board of Trustees.

Deadlines for a full proposal are October 1 and February 1. The proposal will be reviewed at the Annual or Interim Board of Trustees meeting. Applicants will be notified of their status following the meeting. On occasion, applicants may be invited to present their requests to the Board.

Applicants for grants must be AAE members. Download the Guidelines and Cover Sheet for submitting a proposal.

Browse our Opportunity Grant Recipients to see who has benefited from these programs.