SPJ Chapter Grants
SPJ believes in our chapters. So much, in fact, that during 2012-2013, chapters could receive up to $500 for an amazing program or event.
Ethics Week Grants
Fully chartered chapters in good standing with the national organization are eligible to submit a grant proposal. In addition, chapters must have filed a 2011-2012 annual report or provided the national office with materials required for a new or reactivating chapter.
SPJ will award up to $500 to chapters with plans for unique, diverse and creative programming. Past programs focused on ethics, technology, campus crime coverage, freelancing, covering disasters, copy editing, job hunting, writing techniques, diversity and more.
Chapter Grants will be awarded in 10 cycles, each awarding up to $500, from August to May. Proposals must be submitted by midnight, ET, on any given deadline, generally the first or second Wednesday of each month. Selected chapters will be notified within two weeks of application deadline and results will be posted in the Leading Edge and on this page. Chapters that were not selected will not be notified. Consult the timeline for all important dates.
Proposals should be submitted for programs occurring within 90 days of the cycle deadline. May program proposals must occur before July 31.
Write it up.
Proposals should include:
Chapter name and region number
At least one contact person, with complete contact information
Name and date of the proposed program
Detailed description of the program, including objectives
How the program will benefit chapter members
Relevant details, such as speakers, format, outline, etc.
The requested amount, not to exceed $500
A preliminary budget for program, including indications of how grant money will be spent
Reasons why your chapter cannot fund this event without grant funds
Turn it in.
Must be submitted by midnight, ET, on the cycle deadline
Are only accepted in digital format
The Fine Print
Grants of up to $500 may be awarded. Chapters may receive less or be asked to match a grant amount with funds of their own.
Chapters are only eligible for one grant from the 2012-2013 Chapter Grants.
Proposals for Spring Conference programming will not be considered.
Grant proposals must be submitted for each deadline. If they were not selected, they do not automatically rollover.
Chapters selected to receive a grant will receive funds AFTER the chapter submits the required grant program recap, along with receipts, within 15 days of the completion of the program.