Ends on August 2, 2019

In 2017, inspired by discussion during the Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness symposium at the 2017 Convention, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology launched the Community Building Grant Program.

SPSP members can apply to use these funds in their efforts to develop community and professional development among members of groups currently underrepresented in the field (including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, and other underrepresented statuses).



SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychologists at all levels. This financial support is intended to assist SPSP members from underrepresented groups in their efforts to develop and host meetings to build community and develop professional skills. Examples could include dinner with an invited speaker, sharing and critiquing job materials, workshopping papers, skills building workshops, building new networks, and other community building activities.


Community Building support is not to be used for individuals to attend existing conferences or to support preconferences at the SPSP Convention.


Grants may be awarded for an amount up to $1,500. Larger or more formal meetings/conferences should apply for the small conference grant.


Preference will be given to support of developing or building new Communities within SPSP. Recipients of the grant must provide a post-event final report summarizing the event and its outcomes.




To apply for the Community Building Grant, applicants must be members of SPSP with current membership in good standing at time of application.



Your application will be evaluated based on its unique merit and capacity to promote and grow one of our underrepresented communities (including but not limited to: gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability). 



Funds will be made available in one of two ways:

1)     Directly payable to another hosting/sponsoring entity OR the recipient’s university. If this method is chosen, a W9 from the payee will be required. Under this arrangement, SPSP is a sponsor and will not be legally or financially responsible for the conference and no contract should be signed under the auspice of SPSP, Inc.


2)     Funds hosted at SPSP. If this method is chosen, SPSP will be the host of the meeting and will assume contractual responsibility, including financial, legal and tax responsibility. Organizers will maintain control of the program content and will work with SPSP staff on budgets/contracts.

In either payment scenario, if the conference does not occur within 12 months of award, the funds must be returned to SPSP. 


How to Apply

Applications are accepted twice annually:


  • May 1 – August 1 (for conferences/meetings held between October and July of the following year 
  • October 1 – January 1 (for conferences/meetings held between March and December of the following year)