The American Sign Language Honor Society provides small grants to ASL teachers on a first-come, first-serve basis. The purpose of the grants is to assist teachers in defraying the costs of providing exceptional ASL education on campus.
Applicants for the ASL Teacher Mini-Grant must have an ASLHS chapter at their institution and hold current ASLTA membership.
Under no circumstances will scholarships be awarded to teachers who are not members of the ASL Honor Society.
What Can The Grants Be Used For?
Previous grants have been used for a variety of educational purposes: Paying for guest speaker honoraria; purchasing DVDs and video equipment for class use; assisting low-income students to participate in Deaf events; creating signs and banners for Deaf Awareness Week activities on campus.
The ASL Teacher Mini-Grant application is available here. Depending on the number of applications received during the school year, the ASL Honor Society may fund a single project or contribute to multiple requests. Mini-grants may or may not match the original requested amount. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no deadline.
The application will be reviewed by the ASLHS Advisory Board and decisions made based on the quality of the project, its scope, and its expected impact.
Suggestions For Applicants
- Be very precise in detailing what the funds will be used for. Rather than saying "appreciation gifts", say "To purchase 10 gift cards from a local coffee shop to be given as appreciation gifts to Deaf presenters."
- Participate in the annual Deaf Art and / or ASL Literature competitions sponsored by the ASL Honor Society