Public Interest Projects make tangible community impact.
Apply to Start a New Public Interest Project
OPIRG McMaster accepts applications for McMaster undergraduate-led public interest projects with a clear focus on impactful outcomes.
OPIRG provides project teams with funding and ongoing support as well as free training workshops each term to assist students with developing practical skills.
Public Interest Project Teams are expected to operate using anti-oppression and consensus decision-making models.
What OPIRG provides project teams:
Tips for project proposals
Applications open each term in the academic year.
Applications are reviewed by the OPIRG Board of Directors who meet with applicants to ask questions about the proposal before recommending which projects will be accepted. Groups not accepted are often able to access the support they need in other ways from OPIRG (for instance, through Applications for Support). We want you to succeed!
Returning projects and new projects – Rolling deadline, apply anytime!
Dates to be determined
Once approved you will be expected to take an online orientation session with OPIRG McMaster and meet in-person once the online modules are completed.
Public Interest Project Event Reports
Details about Project events including outcomes, evaluation, budget, and moreRecent Reports
Annual Year-End Reports
Reports from Working Groups and Public Interest Projects, 1998 to presentYear-End Reports