Innovation Grants Program

The Innovation Grants Program (IGP) provides funding to support creative exploration and project development that will raise the association community’s awareness of and engagement with innovative ideas and projects. Grant recipients may receive up to $30,000 to dive deeper into innovation and implement their project ideas, creating models of innovation for the entire association community in the process.

2020 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020 Innovation Grants Program award recipients! The Research Foundation looks forward to supporting their projects throughout 2020 and beyond.
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP)
    “Towards a Racially Equitable Association”
    This project seeks to integrate diversity, equity and inclusivity, with a focus on racial equity, into all facets of the organization’s work.

  • Focus NJ and New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
    “Partnerships for Effective Experiential Learning”
    This project bolsters collaboration toward experiential learning opportunities (i.e., internships, research and development, apprenticeships, co-ops, etc.) including a one stop Portal for stakeholders to connect for those opportunities.

  • PA Foundation and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
    “Good by Association: Adopting Social Responsibility to Grow membership, Increase Engagement and Amplify Messaging”
    This project asks the questions: Could a strategic Association Social Responsibility Platform engage a new generation of members?


IGP has been fueling innovation in associations since 2013.
Learn about past grant recipients.

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


Important Dates and Application Information

  • 2021 IGP application period opens: July 13, 2020
  • Letter of Intent requested by: September 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: October 5, 2020
  • Grant recipients announced: Fall 2020

Find out more about the program, including selection criteria, eligibility, types of grants, and FAQ.

Tools and Resources

Making Innovation Accessible
The ASAE Research Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program supports associations’ pursuit of new and better models and practices—not to mention insights into the discipline of innovating.

Top 10 Tips for Applying to IGP
The ASAE Research Foundation asked past Innovation Grants Program applicants for the advice they would give potential applicants. Here are their top tips for successful proposals.

Learn More

For more information, contact:
Andrea Wieters
Research Project Manager
202 626-2892
[email protected]

The Innovation Grants Program is made possible through support from SunTrust Foundation, Geico, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. View all of the Innovation Grants Programs supporters

Suntrust Geico Whiteford Taylor Preston