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Grants Available for Community-Based Leadership Training

Encouraging members to enhance their leadership ability, 2013 AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, is awarding 10 grants for leadership training programs in 2013. The grants will help offset the financial commitment of AIA members participating in programs outside of the architecture profession, such as those sponsored by a local or state chamber of commerce.

The purpose of the grants is to support members seeking to build on their expertise as leaders and create a larger network of leadership opportunities for members nationwide. Building a stronger and larger network of AIA member leaders means that the Institute is better prepared to become involved in political issues affecting community planning and development, or serve as spokespersons for issues important to the designed environment and quality of life in communities. Most importantly, more AIA members trained as leaders means they can bring meaningful insight as mentors to identify and support developing opportunities for more AIA members to participate in community-based leadership programs.

Grants will be awarded to 10 AIA members, who will receive up to $3,000* each for reimbursement of the tuition for approved community-based leadership training programs. Grant applicants must be accepted into eligible training programs during 2013, and this includes community-based training administered outside of the architecture profession deemed eligible at the discretion of the AIA. All decisions are final.

Submit the grant requirements as soon as possible to best position yourself, as the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to the regional and chapter restrictions noted below) to the first 10 eligible applicants. The application deadline is Sept. 3, 2013.

Participation in eligible leadership training can extend into 2014. In the interest of encouraging participation across the AIA, no more than one member of any individual chapter and no more than three members in any one AIA Region shall receive a grant.

How to apply

To be eligible, an applicant must be an AIA member in good standing (architect member or associate member). Members of the AIA National Board of Directors are not eligible for these grants. Applicants must also submit the following:

    • Letter of interest and completed grant application

    • Notice of acceptance into a leadership training program

    • Invoice or receipt of payment of tuition by the participant

    • Completed IRS form W-9 with taxpayer information

Submit all required materials to, with the subject line “AIA Leadership Training Grant Application.” Submissions are due to AIA National offices in Washington, D.C., by 5:00 p.m., EST, Sept. 3, 2013. Please contact AIA Managing Director Pam Day, Hon. AIA, at with any questions you may have.

*The grants are considered taxable income to the recipient, and the recipient will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the year reflecting the amount paid by the AIA to the recipient.


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