ACE’s compelling success story can attract funders and sponsors. Its mission is closely allied with America’s effort to improve STEM education. Many of its participants are at-risk youth whom ACE helps pursue postsecondary education. Finally, ACE has a proven track record of developing a future work force for one of America’s largest economic sectors, the integrated design and construction industry.
Foundation grants are a potential source of short-term support for affiliates. Several affiliates have successfully competed for five- and six-figure grants.
Although a tiny handful of affiliates have benefited from government grants, they are not a recommended source of support because the application process can be very cumbersome and the reporting requirements very time consuming. In short, they often can be more trouble than they are worth.