Individual Grants

Grants are awarded to support the following:

Value of Grants

Annual budget equals the funding for grants approved but not yet awarded from the previous year plus the funding awarded for grants in the coming year. Funding for grants that have been approved but are not awarded is returned to the MPLA general fund.

MPLA sponsors the two categories of grants:

Mini-grant
Funding for projects requiring minimal financial support. (Maximum amount: $150)
Regular grant
Funding for projects requiring substantial financial support, and for occasional funding of professional development opportunities requiring travel outside the United States. (Maximum amount: $600)

Grant Funding

Funding Priorities

Eligibility Requirements

Application Procedure and Review Process

  1. Application forms are available as Word or PDF files from the MPLA website. If a member is not able to access the application form electronically, it can be requested from the Chair of the MPLA Professional Development Grants Committee or the MPLA Executive Secretary.
  2. The application must be submitted as an email attachment to the MPLA Executive Secretary. Any supporting materials for which electronic submission is not realistic may be mailed. Applications may be mailed if electronic submission is not possible.
  3. Applicant will be notified by the MPLA Executive Secretary that the grant application was received.
  4. The MPLA Executive Secretary reviews the application to insure the applicant is eligible for the grant requested. If the applicant is eligible for the grant, the MPLA Executive Secretary forwards copies of the application and supporting materials to members of the committee electronically. If the individual is not eligible for the grant, the MPLA Executive Secretary returns the application with an explanation of what must be done to meet eligibility requirements.
  5. The application is evaluated by the committee and approved, rejected, or referred back to the applicant with a request for further information. The committee chair communicates the committee's decision by email to the applicant, with a copy to the MPLA Executive Secretary. If the application is approved, the chair also provides the applicant with information for obtaining the evaluative report from the MPLA website.
  6. The applicant submits the completed evaluative report to the MPLA Executive Secretary as an email attachment within two months of completing the grant project. Any supporting documentation may be mailed to the Executive Secretary. The MPLA Executive Secretary forwards copies of the evaluative report to the committee. If the grant was for formal course work taken for academic credit, evidence must be included to support that the course work was successfully completed.
  7. The committee reviews the evaluative report and accepts it, rejects it, or refers it back to the applicant with a request for further information. The committee chair communicates the committee's decision by email to the applicant, with a copy to the MPLA Executive Secretary.
  8. If the evaluative report is approved, the MPLA Executive Secretary issues a check to reimburse actual expenses associated with the grant project. If the evaluative report is rejected, no funding will be awarded to the applicant.
  9. The chair forwards a copy of the approved evaluative report to the MPLA Newsletter Editor for possible publication.

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