Students make a difference
Public Interest Projects
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.
Read the appropriate policy before applying. Contact Randy, OPIRG Coordinator of Volunteers, at email@example.com or 905-525-9140 x27289 if you want to talk about your ideas first. When you are ready, fill out our application!
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 are able to access the support they need in other ways from OPIRG ( scroll down to see opportunities for Partnerships or Programming support). We want you to succeed!
What OPIRG provides project teams:
Orientation to OPIRG McMaster
Skills Development Workshops
Base funding ($300)
Special Project funding (up to $1250)
Access to campus room booking and OPIRG Resource Centre
Tools – button maker, projector, computer programs (CS) etc.
Promotional support – web – social media – campus posters
Space on OPIRG’s Web Site 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.
PROGRAMMING AND PARTNERSHIPS
Don’t qualify for a public interest project? We are redeveloping other avenues of support for potential campus and community partnerships and joint programming.