2020-2021 Projects

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Public Interest Project Event Reports

Details about Project events including outcomes, evaluation, budget, and more
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What OPIRG provides project teams:

  • Orientation to OPIRG McMaster

  • Skills Development Workshops

  • Base funding ($350)

  • Special Project funding (up to $3000)

  • Access to campus room booking and OPIRG Resource Centre

  • Networking opportunities

  • Tools – button maker, projector, computer programs (CS) etc.

  • Promotional support – web – social media – campus posters

  • Space on OPIRG’s website and event calendar

  • Use of OPIRG McMaster’s name and connections

  • An @opirgmcmaster.org email account

  • The support of the entire OPIRG organization (Staff, Board, Volunteers)

Tips for project proposals

  • You clearly identify a public interest problem

  • Your Project will be led by McMaster undergrads

  • You should have set clear goals and objectives

  • Your goal should be achievable given demands of school/work/family

  • Your overall strategy will address how to make meaningful change

  • Our policy does not allow outside groups to open McMaster “chapters” through our working group process. Take a look at a potential partnership or shared programming options.

Annual Project Reports

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.

Applications open each term in the academic year. WINTER TERM APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 11:59 PM.

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!


We are currently accepting PIP applications. Fall term applications are due Friday, October 23 at 11:59 pm. Application link: https://forms.gle/FZBfiKZc4qJz9Yb46.