MSP Grant Program
The MSP grant program was established in 2010 as a way to provide support for our members’ activities that advance the mission of the MSP. A call goes out via our newsletter and all unit-email list to let members know that the application period is open.
Successful grants enhance the union’s work in areas such as membership involvement, political action, improving working conditions, internal organizing, coalition building and addressing diversity issues. Funding can be used to support events and campaigns, as well as research projects.
In order to apply, a 3-5 page grant application must be submitted. All projects are to be completed with in a year, and a six-month status report must be received by the MSP. Upon completion of the project, MSP and the grantee will discuss how the results of the project are to be disseminated, and how the work has advanced the union’s mission. Recipients of a grant award must serve on a future MSP Grant Committee.
Complete applications include:
- Your name, title and department
- A description of the research and/or other activity the grant will support (2-3 pages)
- Explanation of how the project specifically advances MSP goals (1 page)
- An itemized budget that clearly shows how requested funds are to be used
- Plans for publication/dissemination of the results
Current Application Deadlines
Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due March 30, 2019.
Examples of Previously Funded Grants
- Research on the affect of faculty unions on the gender wage gap and how the gender wage gap varies at comparable universities
- Examining non-traditional African American males at public higher education institutions in MA
- MSP database improvements, including security and digital filing
- Analysis of MSP Advocacy/Grievance Cases 2000-2015
- College affordability forum
- Demystifying the UMass budget
- Cultivating Communities of Support for Faculty of Color, for consideration
- Evaluation of the section 60 pension reform
- Workshops for colleges and schools regarding open access
- Diversity sensitivity training for library employees
- Researching the implication of Vermont's universal healthcare policy for MTA
- Workshops for personnel committees about community-engaged scholarship
- Study of the causes and consequence of mounting student debt in MA
- 2 forums around issue of diversity and to coordinate efforts between faculty senate and MSP for faculty-wide initiative
- Research on member mobilization in unions of professionals
- Research on role of trade unions in financial regulatory policy making
- Research of how single payer health insurance system would eliminate the state’s budget gap