ASAE Foundation’s Innovation Grants Program Expands to Five Grants, Applications Now Available for Associations

WASHINGTON—ASAE Foundation is accepting applications for its Innovation Grants Program (IGP) through October 1. Celebrating its sixth year, IGP is a program that provides monetary awards to support innovation exploration and development in the association community. GEICO has joined on as another supporter for the IGP.

The IGP grants are funded through a major grant from the SunTrust Foundation with additional support from GEICO and Whiteford, Taylor, & Preston L.L.P. There will be up to five grants awarded in either of three categories: travel, exploration, and hybrid (a combination of travel and exploration). Grant recipients will receive awards up to $10,000.

“The community has seen the impact of the Innovation Grant Program, and we appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation and Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P. We are excited that GEICO’s donation helps us continue to support and cultivate a culture of innovation throughout the association community,” said ASAE Chair-Elect and ASAE Foundation Chair Matthew R. Shay, CAE, President and CEO National Retail Federation. “I urge our members to apply, so they can create programs that deliver tremendous results for the organization and its members.”

Individuals from professional or trade associations, nonprofits, association industry partners, and consulting companies that serve the association community are eligible to apply, and applicants or applicant teams must include at least one ASAE member. The ASAE Foundation is looking for proactive and creative ideas that help propel association management in such areas as leadership development, technology, marketing, membership and community engagement, product development, and business practices.

“Associations create programs and services that influence everything we do on a daily basis.  The ASAE Foundation strives to inform our community about the different approaches associations are using to implement projects, ideas, and services. These grants have influenced how organizations initiate and practice innovation through developing programs that are making a difference. Our goal is to share the results, and inspire new ideas with our members,” said ASAE Executive Vice President and President of the ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE.

Criteria and details about the application process are on For questions regarding the innovation grants, please contact Dr. Sharon E. Moss, CAE, at