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2020 Application Deadline Extended to April 30, 2020

The purpose of this grant program is to enhance the effectiveness in the research and teaching of market economics for faculty at colleges, universities, and seminaries across the United States and Canada.

The Acton Institute invites proposals from faculty in one or more of the following broad categories:

  • Course development — specifically adding new courses or strengthening existing courses in the curriculum which address the nature, morality, and purpose of free-market economics. This may include courses that deal with religion and economics, microeconomics, macroeconomics, political economy, ethics and economics, the history of economic thought, or other related subject areas.

  • Faculty research —identifying scholarly projects that show promise for advancing the understanding of free markets and, ideally, demonstrate how the free market relates to Christian faith and ethics.

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Application Components

Each application shall consist of three brief components – an overview, a narrative, and an appendix:

1) The application overview shall be a maximum length of one page and shall include the following:

  • Project title; name, position, institutional affiliation(s), and contact information for the Project Director. In the case of a team, all grant-related correspondence from the Acton Institute will be directed to the Project Director.
  • Project abstract (maximum of 200 words, single spaced).

2) The application narrative shall be a maximum length of two pages and shall include the following:

  • A statement on the proposed theme for the project, including an indication of how the project will be informed by Christian perspectives.
  • A proposal for activities to be funded by the grant, with a timeline.
  • A cost breakdown for each activity.

3) The application appendix shall be a maximum length of one page and include the following:

  • A summary Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the Project Director.

Only applications submitted electronically by March 31 will be considered.

2020 Application

Evaluation Criteria

Successful grant proposals will have:

  • A clearly defined topic that the project intends to address, and explain how this promotes the knowledge and teaching of free-market economics.
  • A clearly defined objectives for the project.
  • A clear project budget directly related to the project’s proposed activities.


      Important Notes

      Award Communication: All award decisions are communicated via e-mail from Grants-Awards. Please ensure this email is on your safe recipient list to ensure timely delivery.

      Application Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically.

      Limited Funding: Since this is a competition in which many worthy applicants participate, no one should presume funding.

      Performance Assessment: Like similar organizations, the Acton Institute does not enter into discussions with unsuccessful applicants concerning the particular reasons for their denial.

      Eligibility: Only faculty working at universities, colleges, or seminaries within the USA or Canada may apply for these grants.

      Program Questions: Additional questions may be sent to Grants-Awards.

      Legal: All qualified individuals will be considered for the Mini-Grant program without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and are not subject to appeal.

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          2020 Application Deadline Extended to April 30, 2020

          2019 Winners

          Taparelli Social Justice and Subsidiarity Book
          Thomas Behr, Assistant Professor of History, University of St. Thomas

          Markets and Morals: The Political Theory of Capitalism
          Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor, Middlebury College

          PPE Program Research
          Ross Emmett, Professor, Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University

          Russell Kirk and Free Markets
          Jason Jewell, Professor, Faulkner University

          Curriculum Review
          Keith Loftin, Assoc. Professor Philosophy & Humanities, Scarborough College

          Poverty Inc. Principles Survey
          Russ McCullough, Founder/Wayne Angell Chair of Economics, Gwartney Institute, Ottawa University

          Reason, Rights, and the Natural Law
          Allen Mendenhall, Executive Director, Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty

          Economic Liberty and Politics Minor To Prepare Next-Gen Christian Leaders to Advance Economic Liberty
          Tracy Munsil, Chair, Dept. Government, History and Philosophy; Associate Professor, Political Science, Arizona Christian University

          POLT 401: Civil Society, Entrepreneurship, and the Administrative State
          James Patterson, Associate Professor of Politics, Ave Maria University

          Translating the Handbook for Catholic Social Thought into Spanish
          Martin Schlag, Director Ryan Institute, University of St. Thomas

          Creating and Integrating a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Major with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Belmont Abbey College
          Michael Szpindor Watson, Assistant Professor, Belmont Abbey College

          VWU Markets and Morality Course Development
          Michelle Vachris, Professor of Management, Business, and Economics, Virginia Wesleyan University