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Support for State Conferences


The following grants are available from the AAUP to support state conference work.

Per Capita Distribution

Per capita funds provide baseline funding for state conferences. According to the state conference dues proposal approved at the 2014 Annual Meeting, 6.41 percent of advocacy dues and 6.41 percent of lifetime membership payments will be set aside annually as the Conference Support and Development Fund. Beginning in calendar year 2015, two-thirds of this fund was distributed to conferences on a per capita basis.

Conference Development Grants

Conference Development Grants are intended to provide funds for conference campaigns and projects that advance the AAUP’s mission and strategic priorities. These grants are funded through the remaining one-third of the Conference Support and Development Fund set aside for conference funding and described in (1) above. The grants from these funds are intended to support one-time and/or significant campaigns and projects that a conference chooses to undertake. These funds are for special campaigns and projects: it is not expected that every conference will apply for (or be awarded) a Conference Development Grant every year. Conferences are only eligible to receive one grant per calendar year.

Strategic Goals:

  • Significantly increase membership

  • Increase the number of active chapters

  • Accelerate growth in advocacy membership

  • Build state conference capacity

  • Support new collective bargaining organizing campaigns

  • 2021 grants can also be used to support AAUP’s racial justice and New Deal for Higher Education initiatives, and/or to help respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Application Guidelines

The application must include a description of how the campaign or project supports an ongoing campaign and/or advances the strategic goals of the AAUP (generally). The application should provide a brief synopsis of the campaign/project plan and timeline, along with the names and contact information for members who will participate in executing the campaign/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, an explanation why additional resources are needed. Applications should be one to two pages overall.

Timeline for Applications

2021 conference development grant proposals will be due on November 5.

Please fill out the application (PDF) and return it before the deadline to Jim Bakken at

Reporting Requirements

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

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.