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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.

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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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          2018 Winners

          PHIL 3- Intro to Social-Political Philosophy
          Chad Bogosian, Philosophy Instructor, Clovis Community College

          CSE- Common Sense Economics
          Tawni Ferrarini, Professor of Economic Education, Lindenwood University

          Comparative Economic Systems Course Development
          Enoch Hill, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wheaton College

          Virtue and Markets Course Development
          Jason Jewell, Professor of Humanities, Faulkner University

          Freedom and Natural Law in the United States of America
          Allen Mendenhall, Executive Director, Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty

          Free Markets and their Requisite Moral Ontology
          Scott Smith, Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics, Biola University

          Recreating and Integrating the Economics Major with the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Belmont Abbey College
          Michael Watson, Assistant Professor, Belmont Abbey College