New Funding Opportunities Available to Advance ACPE Justice, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Written by ACPE Foundation

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The 2022 ACPE Foundation Grants Cycle is now open!

The ACPE Foundation is excited to announce our expanded grants program to support initiatives that advance justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within ACPE. Through prudent management over the years, the ACPE Foundation endowment has grown so that we now have significantly more funds available to support strategic priority areas for ACPE.

Until now, available awards were between $10,000 and $20,000. Starting this year, we will grant up to $300,000 to support projects that align with ACPE’s commitment to being an anti-racist organization and that advance ACPE’s leadership as the gold standard in spiritual care & education.

The following grant categories are open for the Fall 2022 grants cycle.

CEC Ignite Grant (Up to $120,000): Applications Due December 1

Purpose: The Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) Ignite Grants Program seeks to support the development of ACPE Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) programs, to facilitate the certification of more ACPE educators, and to help new CEC programs move towards sustainability.

Awards will be for three years: Year 1=Up to $60,000; Year 2=Up to $40,000; Year 3=Up to $20,000

Eligibility: All ACPE centers in good standing accredited to provide CEC programs, and that have at least one National Faculty member on staff or under contract and have not had a CEC in at least the last three years.

Innovation in Spiritual Care & Research (Up to $100,000): Applications Due December 1

Purpose: The Innovation in Spiritual Care Education & Research Grants Program strives to support creative and sustainable new models of the practices of CPE and professional spiritual care in diverse, inclusive, and equitable settings and/or to improve and deepen understanding of current models through research models that will add to the evidence and efficacy for professional spiritual care.

Eligibility: ACPE Accredited or Pre-Accredited Centers in good standing; ACPE Psychotherapists; and Spiritual Care Professionals in good standing; ACPE Certified Educators and Certified Educator Candidates in good standing.

Mission Advancement Program Fund for Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Projects (up to $15,000): Applications Due November 1

Purpose: Funded by disbursements of the MAP Endowment Fund as in accordance with the ACPE Foundation’s financial policy, MAP funding supports ACPE Psychotherapist and Practitioner members in the fulfillment of ACPE’s mission. Specifically, these projects help to advance and raise awareness of Pastoral Counselling/Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy.  

Eligibility: ACPE Psychotherapists and Spiritual Care Professionals in good standing


Other ACPE Foundation Grant Categories Announced Winter 2022:

The ACPE Foundation will announce the next grants cycle in Winter 2022 to support projects that advance ACPE’s justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the following areas. Please look out for this announcement!


ACPE Hemenway Scholars: Summer Stipend Support for Students – up to $60,000 annually (Grants Cycle Opens Winter 2022)

Purpose: Named in honor of Joan Hemenway, a pillar of the association, this opportunity recognizes the significant financial burdens of some ACPE students. ACPE will provide $2,000 stipends to up to 30 summer ACPE students to support housing, offset the educational debt, living expense, etc.

Eligibility: Any student fully accepted into an ACPE accredited program or accredited spiritually integrated psychotherapy program.


ACPE Boisen Scholars: Professional Development Support for Students – up to $10,000 annually (Grants Cycle Opens Winter 2022)

Purpose: In honor of Anton Boisen, the founder of CPE, this fund will provide support of up to $1,000 to CECs, Residents and/or Psychotherapy Students to attend the ACPE annual meeting, or, when not meeting, the Community of Practice gathering of their choice.  Support can include meeting registration, hotel/lodging, or transportation costs.

Eligibility: Any current ACPE CEC, Resident, or Spiritually-integrated Psychotherapy student.


ACPE International Fellowships – up to $10,000 annually (Grants Cycle Opens Winter 2022)

Purpose:  ACPE recognizes the significant financial burdens for international students to receive CPE training in the United States. ACPE will support international CEC students for up to $10,000 annually.

Eligibility: Any international student who has been accepted into an ACPE-accredited program.

Other ACPE Foundation Grant Categories Announced Winter 2022

Contact Jasmine Okafor for more information about these funding opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions for the CEC Ignite Grant Program:

Do we have data around the average CEC stipend?

The last ACPE salary survey showed CEC stipends around $60,000 annually. So, the first year of the grant is not intended to cover all costs that could be associated with the new CEC program.

Will the grant funds be disbursed after a student is approved to be a CEC or once a student is accepted into the program?

Grant funds will be disbursed once a funding decision is made from the Foundation’s grants review committee, and the selected grant recipient indicates that a CEC has been identified.

Can centers that don’t yet have provisional CEC accreditation status or provisional status apply?

A center can apply for the CEC Ignite Grant as long as they are also in the accreditation process. The Foundation’s grants review committee will use their discretion to determine whether or not to award a program that is not fully ready to implement.