2024 Professional Development Grant Program

Help yourself get to the Annual Conference!

EACE Professional Development Grants help defray costs for individual members who would not otherwise be able to participate in professional development events such as the EACE Annual Conference

Are you committed to becoming involved or more involved with EACE? Are you interested in applying knowledge and skills learned from the conference to your work? Do you need financial assistance to help you get there? If you answered, "yes" than the Grants & Scholarships Committee encourages you to apply for a Professional Development Grant!

"Thank you, EACE! The Professional Development Grant allows for the best newcomer experience...EVER." 

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Each grant recipient may receive up to $1,000 to cover necessary expenses for EACE Annual Conference attendance, including but not limited to:
  • Conference registration ($569 value)
  • Lodging at the EACE host hotel at the group rate ($255 per night includes taxes/fees at the group rate.)
  • Travel expenses (e.g., airfare/train/taxi mileage expense)
  • All applicants will be provided with guidance and resources on connecting with professional mentors within EACE between the end of the selection process and the Annual Conference

Recipient Requirements

  • Applicants must be EACE members. Not a member? Find out how to join.

  • EACE Blog Submission: Following the event, the recipient is required to write a blog post that includes information both about the event and the impact of being a grant recipient. This post should be completed and submitted via online form within two weeks following the event. View an example.

  • Committee Involvement: Grant recipients are strongly encouraged to serve on an EACE Committee of choice for the following year. Click here for a listing of committees.

  • Reimbursement Procedures: EACE reimbursement policies and procedures must be followed and Expense Report must be submitted within two weeks following the Annual Conference. Click here for reimbursement policies and to access the Expense Report.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed and scored based on the information provided, so please make sure to write complete and detailed essays in line with each prompt. Committee considerations will also include whether or not someone has attended the EACE Annual Conference and/or been awarded a grant/scholarship to attend in previous years. 2024 Professional Development Grant applications open December 4, 2023 and close March 1, 2024.  Applicants will be notified by mid-April regarding the status of their application.

Application Tips

  • Respond to essay prompts clearly and provide detailed examples.
  • First time EACE Annual Conference attendees are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous applicants who were not selected can reapply for 2024 funding.
  • Applicants must be a member.
  • Include all committee involvement, past or present in your application.
  • Review budget worksheet when requesting funds, to ensure you are considering cost of attendance.
  • Don’t hesitate to have a colleague review your application before submission.
  • Please review the scoring rubric below to help inform your responses.


Apply for a Professional Development Grant!

Scoring Rubric


Past Professional Development Grant Recipients

Click here to view past years' Professional Development Grant recipients.


Please contact Grants & Scholarships Committee Co-Chairswith any questions.