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Dear AAPC Colleagues,

I am delighted to tell you that the guidelines for the MAP grants (Mission Advance Program) have been revised to expedite and financially support the current transitions occurring in AAPC.  

The revision process has taken several months of review, dialogue, consultation, and editing.  The changes have been worked through by the Finance Committee, consulting with original donors and creators of MAP as well as regional chairs, meeting with AAPC’s attorney to make sure we are making changes that are in keeping with the original purpose of the MAP endowment, and with final approval by the Board of Directors at their January 2016 meeting. 

There are several significant changes to note:

·         The grants will focus on supporting the regions with their business plans as they take on delivering the mission of AAPC.  Although centers or organizations can continue to apply, their applications need to have the support of their regional leadership and need to explain how this endeavor will support the region’s goals, and if they are applying on behalf of the region.

·         Regions are encouraged to develop projects that are collaborative with other regions that would create benefit across the regions.

·         Grants will be reviewed and awarded twice a year (instead of annually) in order to be more responsive to changing needs in the region.

·         The Finance Committee will be responsible for receiving, assessing, and awarding grants, and reviewing and evaluating grants that have been awarded.

·         The application process has been streamlined to make it more “user-friendly” although still requiring key elements in the application.

·         The Finance Committee will review and assess the new process in the coming year in order to make sure it is working as desired, and will bring additional recommendations as needed to strengthen the MAP grant process. 

Attached are the new guidelines and application.  Please read through them and take note of the new grant deadlines in order to submit timely applications.  If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. 

I would ask that the next time you see a member of the Finance Committee or Board of Directors, please express your appreciation for their work and their foresight in revising the MAP grants to financially support the transitioning work of the regions.

Link to revised MAP Guidelines:  http://secureshopper.bisglobal.net/_templates/74/2016revisedMAPGuidelines1.25.16.docx

Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson
AAPC Treasurer
Chair of Finance Committee


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