Public Interest Projects2018-10-13T17:56:10+00:00
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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.

OPIRG is streamlining the way we provide support: three categories provide clear ways to help you find the most appropriate avenue to pursue. They are Public Interest Projects (formerly “Working Groups”); Partnerships (formerly “Applications for Support”); and Programming (formerly “Applications for Support”)

Applications open each term in the academic year.

Read the appropriate policy before applying. Contact Randy, OPIRG Coordinator of Volunteers, at randy@opirgmcmaster.org 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

  • Networking opportunities

  • 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.

Read Project Policy
SUBMIT YOUR PUBLIC INTEREST PROJECT PROPOSAL
Annual Project Reports
Deadline for Applications
Midnight, October 22, 2018
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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.

Go to our Partnership Page

Explore ways to partner with OPIRG McMaster

Not a full-time undergraduate? Have an event you want to partner on?
Go to our Partnership Page
Go to our Programming Page

Explore our Programming

Have a one-off event you want our help with? Want to explore options?
Go to our Programming Page

Past Projects