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Support for State Conferences

Funding for AAUP state conferences has three components: 1) per capita distributions, 2) conference development grants, and 3) Summer Institute grants. Conferences are also eligible to apply for support from the AAUP Crisis Response Fund. 

Per Capita Distribution

Per capita funds provide baseline funding for state conferences. Each year, 6.41 percent of advocacy dues and 6.41 percent of lifetime membership payments are set aside in a fund to support state conferences. Two-thirds of this fund is distributed to conferences on a per capita basis.

Conference Development Grants

Please complete an application following these guidelines and return it to Malori Musselman at [email protected]

Applications are due by Monday October 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Conference Development Grants are intended to provide funds for conference campaigns and projects that advance the AAUP’s mission and strategic priorities. The grants from these funds are intended to support one-time and/or significant campaigns or projects of a state conference. It is not expected that every conference will apply for (or be awarded) a Conference Development Grant every year. State conferences are only eligible to receive one grant per calendar year.

Strategic Goals for Grants

  • Increase the number of active chapters in a state
  • Accelerate growth in chapter membership or organizing capacity (advocacy or collective bargaining)
  • Build state conference capacity
  • Support new collective bargaining organizing campaigns

Application Guidelines

The application must follow these basic guidelines and include a description of how the campaign or project supports an ongoing campaign, project, and/or advances the strategic goals of the AAUP more generally. The application should provide a brief synopsis of the campaign or project plan and timeline, along with the names and contact information for members who will participate in executing the campaign or project. The application must include an itemized budget for the campaign or project. In addition to the campaign or project description, the AAUP will take into consideration each conference's financial resources, so please include the most recent annual financial report and, if appropriate, a very brief explanation why additional resources are needed.

Reporting Requirements

A report to the AAUP on the status of the campaign or project is required one year after the project is funded. For larger grants, the AAUP may require a mid-year check-in on campaign or project progress.

Please send any inquiries regarding Conference Development Grants to Malori Musselman at [email protected].

Summer Institute Grants

The AAUP will also make available to state conferences grants to help defray the cost of attending the Summer Institute. Criteria and application information will be shared with state conferences annually.

Crisis Response Fund

Higher education as a whole is facing significant challenges—mass layoffs, program discontinuation, nonrenewals of non-tenure-track and contingent faculty, and intellectual property issues related to remote teaching. Due to these challenges, our chapters and conferences are facing increased—and in some cases—unforeseen expenses. The AAUP has set up a Crisis Response Fund to provide assistance to AAUP state conferences and chapters engaged in responding to crises at their institution, state system, or profession as a whole.