Our website remains broken (opirg.ca) so here is some info on applying for our annual Public Interest Grant, due March 25, 2013:

Advertising poster for annual Public Interest Grant from OPIRG McMaster
Submissions can be sent by e-mail to opirg@mcmaster.ca by March 25, 2013. Winner selected by the OPIRG Board of Directors will be announced at the OPIRGAnnual General Meeting (AGM) on April 4, 2013 – details about the grant below. Please ensure you read the PIG Policy to ensure compliance and eligibility. 

Barriers and Solutions to Active Commuting in a Sample of Patients Attending a Family Practice in Hamilton, ON and “We Don’t Need Coins We Need Change“.[award split between 2 winning applications!] Congratulations to the winners, Samantha Green, Nicole Rallis and Layla Mashkoor! 
WINNING GRANT 2011 – Congratulations to Hamilton Womyn’s Bike Fixin’ Collective for their proposal – read it here.
WINNING GRANT 2010 – OPIRG’s Board of Directors and staff congratulate Julia Shulist, Geography and Environmental Studies, Level 3 for her McMasterCOMPOSTING Initiative – read the proposal here.
WINNING GRANT 2009 – Campus Farmstand Project, submitted by PEAS working group

OPIRG McMaster is a student funded/student directed organization working on issues of human rights, the environment and social justice.

OPIRG McMaster’s objectives are to:
1.      Engage in charitable non-profit research and activities to advance the welfare of the University and general community;
2.      To act upon, sponsor, and publish educational studies and programs which advance the welfare of the University and general community;
3.      Facilitate and encourage students to develop their research and advocacy skills in order to become active and informed citizens;
4.      To make diverse view points available to the University and general community.

Proposals which enhance our local community’s ability to respond to the pressures associated with climate-change and environmental degradation, be they proposals which address the causes or consequences of these most pressing issues, are strongly encouraged. The preceding statement is not made to discourage proposals which emphasize other objectives within OPIRG’s mandate, but only in the interest of focusing the aims and scope of potential proposals with a useful point of reference (i.e. an example).

All applicants are required to submit proposals containing (at least) the following:

*Description of the project
*Description of how the project achieves OPIRG McMaster’s objective(s)
*Outline of the individual/group’s history, objectives, and current activities
*Preliminary budget (including specification of all other possible funders)
*Timeline of activities

The Grant is awarded in the amount of $1,000.00 (one thousand dollars) to the successful applicant

Please see our official Public Interest Grant Policy for more details.