AGU Celebrate 100 Grant Project Support

About the program

To help mark its Centennial, AGU is awarding Celebrate 100 grants up to $10,000 to reimburse the expenses of grassroots engagement activities that showcase the benefits of Earth and space science.

The grants, which are available to AGU members and non-members around the globe, will support projects demonstrating innovation, collaboration, impact and sustainability in promoting the value of Earth and space science, primarily to the public.

While grant applications will be judged against a set of criteria (see below), the activities they support may be varied. Examples of potential events or activities might include launching a crowd-sourced data rescue project, hosting an outreach program at a local middle school, or buying a stall at a local farmer’s market for a season to have an ‘Ask the Scientist’ stand.

Grants are available at the following levels:

  1. Small project support of $1,000 or less; (Awarded strictly for reimbursement of costs incurred related to the engagement activity)
  2. Large project support up to $10,000. (Awarded through a combination of advance and post-project support)
  3. Science Day Grants  support events aligned with international science days and anniversaries.

Application Requirements

All grant applications, whether for small or large projects, must include the following in order to be considered:

  • Project Type
  • Project Location
  • Project Description, Including:
    • Goals
    • Project Timeline
    • Plan of action
    • Desired Outcomes
    • Resources and partners
  • Target audience
  • Detailed budget and expected total reimbursement request

Additionally, applicants may include a link to a supplementary video submission showcasing their project idea and team.

Eligibility Information

  • Project must meet at least 1 of the review criteria noted below. It is expected that submissions will meet several of the criteria.
  • Funding is not meant to support direct AGU activities and programming
  • Funding is not intended for reimbursement of salaries, stipends, administrative costs, or indirect costs (some exceptions may be made on a case by case basis).
  • Requests of up to $1000 will be considered for Small Grant awards and up to $10,000 for Large Grant awards.
  • Funding is not intended to be used to reimburse travel to AGU conferences and meetings.
  • If you have questions about eligibility information, please contact AGU staff.
  • For-profit organizations interested in working with or supporting AGU should contact AGU staff.

Review Criteria:

Review committees will consider grant applications based on the criteria below. Projects do not have to meet all criteria to be considered. Public-facing events will receive preference for funding, especially those held in conjunction with international science days/weeks or other important science anniversaries

  • Demonstrates an innovative way to communicate or celebrate science
  • Shows the impacts of Earth and space science
  • Collaborates with principals from multiple organizations or partners
  • Exhibits forward thinking or the future and progression of science
  • Explains the impact-and potentially-lasting impact of Earth and space science to a targeted group or larger community
  • Reaches beyond a local community
  • Shows capacity to grow transformative new techniques, develop new methodologies, or build new networks

Process Timeline

Applications will be accepted and judged on a rolling basis beginning in late 2018 and continuing throughout the Centennial celebration in 2019.  Small project applicants will be notified within 20 days of their award status; large-project applicants will be notified within 45 days.

When the project is complete, grantees will be required to submit a one-page summary of the event or project-with photos or video, if available-that will be used by AGU to recognize their work online, alongside other Centennial celebrations.  Small Project Support grantees will be asked to submit receipts or related financial records prior to reimbursement.  Large project support will be awarded through combined advance and post-project funding.  Final reimbursement for large project support is conditional on submission of project reports, receipts, and related financial records.  These monies are not intended to pay salaries.

Projects will be promoted and supported through AGU's marketing and communications channels. Additional materials and toolkits for participating in the Centennial will also be available.

Application for Small-Project Support: $1000 or Less

Application for Large-Project Support: $1001–$10,000 

Please email with any questions about the Celebrate 100 grants process.