AEI’s Values & Capitalism initiative is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants for students and professors who have recently participated in Values & Capitalism conferences or related activities. Awards for the 2013-14 academic year, from $500 to as much as $10,000 per grant, will be awarded to innovative faculty/student teams planning creative, entrepreneurial on-campus or community projects that promote and reflect the morality of free enterprise.
Applicants are invited to propose a variety of ideas that engage fellow students, members of your campus community, or the community-at-large. Potential projects can include—but are not limited to: reading groups or book clubs, social entrepreneurship initiatives, public awareness campaigns or campus events, creative partnerships with at-risk communities, campus-led partnerships with local congregations that encourage the morality of free enterprise, and other entrepreneurial activities.
Applications must reflect the commitment of at least one faculty member and the commitments of a minimum of two students, who will together be responsible for successfully implementing the initiative, and communicating its results to the Values & Capitalism team.
Proposals are due by September 27, 2013 at 5:00pm EST, and a panel of AEI judges will score the applications before awards are announced. A winning proposal will include:
- A clear project purpose, plan, and budget
- A realistic 2013-14 timetable
- Creative thinking that supports the dignity of work, personal responsibility, and economic liberty
- An understanding of the value of free enterprise and entrepreneurship in alleviating social problems
- Commitment to stewarding resources in ways that create value and serve neighbors
- A curriculum vitae or bio for students and faculty implementing the project.
Awards will be announced by October 9, 2013.
In addition to submitting clear proposals, student and faculty teams must agree to provide the Values & Capitalism team with a brief semi-annual progress report (due December 16, 2013) and final report (due May 2, 2014).