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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.

Read the press release announcing the 2017 Mini-Grant Award winners.


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.

2018 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.

          2017 Winners

          Theology & Applied Economics: Research and Education Development into Curriculum for John Witherspoon College
          Jamin Hubner, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, John Witherspoon College

          RCC 470: Global Poverty: Can We End It?; Steps to End Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) Conference
          Meme Kinoti, Associate Professor, Regis University

          Foundations of Economic Liberty: Natural Law and Natural Rights in the Common Law Tradition
          Allen Mendenhall, Associate Dean and Executive Director, Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University

          Christian Virtue and Free Markets: European and American Perspectives
          Timothy Mosteller, Professor, California Baptist University

          Markets in the Christian Tradition
          Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor, Jacksonville State University

          The Lexicon of Liberty: The Political Words We Use and the Future of the American Republic
          William Reddinger, Associate Professor, Regent University

          ECON333: Seminar in Economics – Economic Freedom
          Aaron Schavey, Associate Professor, Bethel College

          The Ethics of Wealth and Poverty
          Andrew Spencer, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Oklahoma Baptist University

          Economics, Regulation and Theology: Mapping Complex Territory
          Joseph Swanson, Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University