AAEE Mini-Grant Program

Do you have a new or existing idea you'd like to implement or see continue at your school district? Budgets are tight, so let us help. 

Thank you for your interest in our program. AAEE is currently not accepting new applications for this mini-grant. Please check back for updates on our awardee. 

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About the AAEE Mini-Grant


The purpose of the AAEE Mini-Grant Program is to highlight and support innovative efforts by school districts to improve the pipeline of teachers into their districts and into the profession. These mini-grants are designed to help begin or sustain programs designed to inspire students to consider a career in teaching.

Funding for these mini-grants comes from generous donations from our Partners in Education Sponsors and the continuous efforts of AAEE to provide resources and benefits to education professionals.


AAEE will award grants to school district programs within the United States. The AAEE Mini-Grant Committee will consider proposals from school districts and individual school programs in the United States.


We appreciate and encourage creative and unique initiatives that’s purposes are to:

  • Increase interest in the teaching profession

  • Increase the supply of teachers

  • Increase the diversity of teachers

Eligible projects are those that engage and encourage middle or high school-aged students to explore the possibility of a career in teaching.


Applicants should complete and submit a mini-grant proposal before the end of day on December 15, 2019. The proposal requests detailed information about the needs of the project, its goals, plan of action, and budget. Should the proposal be reviewed favorably, a memorandum of agreement which provides clarification or more information about the proposed project may be requested.


Submissions will be reviewed by designated representatives of AAEE. Applicants will be contacted if further information is needed.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Significance - How well do the goals address the purpose statement? How clearly are the goals and objectives stated? How many people will benefit?

  • Action plan - How well defined is the action plan? How closely tied is the action plan with the stated goals? Are the actions designed to inspire behavior?

  • Feasibility - How feasible is the project in terms of time, budget requests, and available resources?

If your project is awarded a mini-grant, your organization/institution will receive $300 to go towards the funding of your stated project. Along with your mini-grant award, you will receive a free one-year membership to AAEE ($200 value) to begin at the start of the next membership calendar year. As an awardee, you will agree to:

  •  Spend the funds received from AAEE Mini-Grant only on items stated in my application

  • Send video and/or pictures from the event/project to be used in AAEE communications

  • Send AAEE a project report of how the project went and what was accomplished

  • Get the best photographs and/or video I can of my project. I understand that the photographs belong to AAEE and that they will be used to show others the benefits of the mini-grants program. I will tell AAEE if someone in my project does not want his or her picture used.

  • State that this project is being funded by AAEE and/or a specific Partner in Education, and I will place this information on any written materials produces for this project.

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