Community Outreach Grant

*The 2018 Community Outreach Grant Application will be available soon.

A. Purpose

The purpose of the Community Outreach Grant is to provide funding for projects that incorporate evidence-based practice and support local community initiatives that are congruent with AASP's purpose and mission, as well as the objectives of the Community Outreach Committee. Further, the Community Outreach Grant will support members' efforts towards earning Certified Consultant status via direct and indirect contact hours that are acquired through the implementation of the community outreach project (as supervised/mentored by a CC-AASP who is a current AASP member).


Thus, the primary function of these Community Outreach Grant awards is to provide limited support to professionals or students for their outreach service endeavors. These grants are not intended to fund projects in the development phase. Consideration will be given, pending available funds, for projects from certified consultants (CC-AASP), and professional and student members working towards certification. Priority will also be given to applicants who demonstrate systematic and sustained implementation of programming and impact, as opposed to a one-time program or intervention. In general, proposals must:

  1. Be clearly articulated.
  2. Demonstrate how models of research, scholarship, and/or theory will be used to inform the provision of their proposed outreach services.
  3. Demonstrate collaboration with a community organization for the purpose of providing systematic and sustained sport and exercise psychology related services to a community group.
  4. Demonstrate intention to build capacity within the community organization, so the organization is not reliant on the continuation of programming for these sport and exercise psychology related services.
  5. Provide evidence of advancing practice in the field by filling a void in the current structure of a community organization.
  6. Be implemented or mentored by an AASP member with current Certified Consultant status (i.e., CC-AASP).


B. Rationale

Science-Practice Focus: Using a science-practice focus, the Community Outreach Grant will strengthen AASP's initiative in highlighting supporting models of research, scholarship, and theory as they are applied to evidence-based practice.

More specifically, Community Outreach Grant recipients will provide sport and exercise psychology related services within their community, using models of research, scholarship, and/or theory to inform and guide the provision of outreach services. To illustrate that the Community Outreach Grant mechanism is open to a wide variety of potential projects, examples of projects could include, but are certainly not limited to:

  1. A coaching education program in an inner city sport organization that educates coaches on adopting a positive coaching orientation.
  2. An exercise program in a non-profit senior center that educates seniors in becoming informed, knowledgeable, habitual, and independent exercisers.
  3. A leadership development program in local schools that prepares captains to be effective leaders in sports.
  4. An after-school walking and running program aimed at increasing physical activity for at-risk and in-need populations (e.g., minority adolescents) that experience a greater proportion of health disparities.
  5. A youth sport club in a non-profit organization that builds life skills through sport participation.
  6. A behavioral weight loss program designed for overweight/obese children or teens.
  7. A parent education seminar series on raising children who are elite-level athletes.
  8. A program aimed at reducing population-specific barriers to physical activity and exercise.
  9. A mental skills training program that identifies a systematic and long-term implementation for a local sport organization.
  10. A program designed to assist children and their families to decrease sedentary passive-leisure activities and increase physical activity.

Awarded Community Outreach Grant proposals will serve to extend knowledge and services in our field beyond the confines of private practice, research, and academia, and into the larger community with a specific focus on consumer needs and benefits.


C. Eligibility

The primary recipient of an AASP Community Outreach Grant may only receive funding once every 3 years; and, if the applicant receives more than one Community Outreach Grant Award (abiding by the 3-year timeline), the Community Outreach Grant cannot be with the same community organization for which the applicant has been previously awarded. Further, projects may only be submitted to and funded through one of the AASP Grant mechanisms (Research, Community Outreach, or Oglesby-Snyder). Research Grant and Oglesby-Snyder proposals are submitted via a separate application. In addition, to be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, applicants must meet the following:

  1. Has been a continuous member of AASP for at least 3 years.*
  2. Has earned or is actively working towards their CC-AASP status.**

*If students cannot meet this requirement, they may co-author the proposal with a professional member who is also a CC-AASP and does meet the requirement (e.g., their advisor). However, it must be clear that it is the student's – not the professional member's – project.

**Those working towards their CC-AASP may count indirect and direct contact hours devoted to project implementation toward the necessary hours designated for certification; however, these hours must be supervised/mentored by a current CC-AASP and the CC-AASP must provide a letter of support of her or his willingness to oversee the successful implementation of the Community Outreach Grant project [see Application Procedure below].

***Important Note. Prior to full review by the Community Outreach Committee, the Certification Review Committee (CRC) will verify each submitted application's eligibility by reviewing the applicant's membership and certification status or progress towards certification. For example, the CRC will determine if the certification for each AASP member listed on the grant is current, provisional, and/or whether members' certification has lapsed. Further, the CRC will determine when the applicant's member status and/or certification status expires and if he or she will need to renew membership or recertify during the term of the grant.


D. Application Procedure

Applications must be received no later than April 1st and must be submitted in full via e-mail to the Division Head of Public Relations and Community Outreach. Applications must not exceed the page limitations described below and should clearly indicate how the project complies with the purpose(s) identified above. Proposals must include the following components:

  1. Abstract (300 words or less).
  2. Proposal (must not exceed six-double spaced pages). 
    - Stated purpose and specific aims.
    - Background and significance of the project, which must incorporate how models of research, scholarship, and/or theory will be used to support the provision of services being proposed.
    - Demonstration of project sustainability within the community group/organization.
    - Description of project/program evaluation. Although this is not the primary focus of the Community Outreach Grant, this section should demonstrate the applicant's intent and ability to measure success and/or impact of the project/program. 
  3. References (cited in APA, 6th edition format).
  4. Vitae for lead outreach practitioner [applicant] and CC-AASP supervising mentor, if applicable (see Eligibility Requirements). Applicants' vitae must not exceed three single-spaced pages and should include academic degrees, positions held, awards, applied practice or community outreach experiences, publications, presentations, and other information as relevant to the current project.
  5. Letter of support from CC-AASP supervising mentor, if applicable (see Eligibility Requirements), to oversee the project and provide documentation of direct and indirect hours acquired from the project's implementation. The CC-AASP supervising mentor must be a current AASP member and her or his certification must be current.
  6. Letter of support from community group/organization stating willingness to participate in the outreach initiative. This letter of support must also provide evidence of community engagement and commitment to the project. This should include:
    a. Explanation of how the project is not simply providing services to the community group/organization, but engaging the community group/organization in the project, including a description of the organizational need, a common vision for the project, and shared goals with the Community Outreach Grant applicant.
    b. Description of the roles and responsibilities for the Community Outreach Grant applicant, as well as the community group/organization.
  7. If data are being collected for research purposes* in conjunction with program implementation, applicants must also submit: a. Approval for the Use of Human Subjects by an Institutional Review Board. b. An informed consent form. c. An informed assent form for minors, if applicable.
  8. Itemized budget and budget justification.*

*Monies will not be awarded for any component of the Community Outreach Grant involving research. Projects whose primary purpose is to answer research questions and test specific hypotheses should be submitted under the existing Research Grant mechanism. As such, the budget and budget justification submitted by the applicant for the Community Outreach Grant should only include items required for program development and program implementation, as well as program evaluation.


E. Budget and Time Frame

  1. Budgets must fall between $250 and a maximum of $5,000.
  2. Awards will be paid to your department or organization/company, if one exists, and can cover costs such as necessary equipment, supplies/materials, program evaluation, and hourly assistance.
  3. Budgets cannot include indirect costs, salaries or stipends for the Outreach Grant Team, or travel to present the results/outcomes of the project. As research projects will not be funded by this grant, budgets also cannot include items related to carrying out research related to the project (e.g., the purchase of instruments, survey copying costs, data collection, statistical software, salaries/wages for research personnel, travel to present results, etc.).
  4. Grants are awarded for a one-year time frame beginning July 1.
  5. Unspent balances will revert to AASP unless a written request for extension is submitted 6 weeks prior to grant expiration and is approved by the Community Outreach Grant Committee.
  6. Failure to complete the project may require reimbursement.


F. Obligations

  1. Award recipients must adhere to AASP's Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
  2. Award recipients must submit the following within 3 months after the end of the funding period (July 1):
    - Summary of the project, including the program evaluation and whether the goals/specific aims of the project were achieved (500 words or less).
    - Budget statement. If the grant is not managed through an organizational grants office (e.g., University grants office), then copies of original receipts must be submitted along with the final budget statement showing how the monies were spent.
  3. An abstract of the completed work must be submitted for consideration at the first eligible AASP conference that follows the completion of the grant.
  4. Any presentations or publication(s) resulting from the grant or that highlight the community service project should acknowledge the funding from AASP that supported the initiative.

This grant application is a fillable PDF form. Follow through the document and complete the boxes (fillable form elements) in all of the areas. When you need to save the document, simply save to your desktop so that you may return to the document.

When you are ready to submit this document, please save a PDF of the document on your computer. You MUST submit this document, along with the supporting appendix materials (e.g., vitae, letter of support, etc) in ONE single attachment PDF file to the Division Head, Public Relations & Community Outreach at publicrelations@appliedsportpsych.org, by April 1.
Applications that do not follow guidelines per instructions will not be reviewed.

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