Our grantmaking areas are funded according to the following maximum amounts. Also, below are qualifications for funding in STEM fields.

  • $15,000-$25,000 for Innovative Instruction projects
  • $25,000-$50,000 for Collaborative Curriculum projects
  • $15,000-$50,000 for Diversity and Inclusion projects
  • Up to ten $5,000 ACS Mellon Impact Awards per year, to recognize projects that reached the highest levels of excellence in the three areas of our grant.

We anticipate that many proposals will meet multiple objectives. For example, course sharing among three institutions (collaborative curriculum) will by definition and design involve classroom technology (innovative instruction). As you imagine possibilities, we encourage you to see the categories above as fluid rather than as fixed. However, for budgeting purposes, most projects should fit into one main category and be limited to the funding maximums of that category.

STEM fields:

The Mellon Foundation, whose award comprises the bulk of current ACS funding, has as a core goal to promote the “the wide participation of previously underrepresented communities in the humanities, the arts, and higher education.” While the STEM fields traditionally fall outside of Mellon’s mission, the Foundation is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in all disciplines. Thus, we encourage colleagues in STEM to focus on diversity and inclusion in their proposals in order to avail themselves of this funding source.