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
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).
RIDER ON USE OF FUNDS
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
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)