The 2009-10 Brenda Meehan Social Justice-in-Action Grant Program

The Social Justice & Social Policy (SJSP) program is once again pleased to announce a grant opportunity, designed to provide support for student-organized events that bring together academic and activist perspectives on one or more social justice issues. These Meehan Social Justice-in-Action Grants will provide up to $1,000 to support events planned for the Spring 2010 semester. Applications will be accepted until December 11th, and recipients will be notified prior to the start of classes in January.

The scope and structure of these awards is open, though all proposals must include one or more events that are free to all members of the Brandeis community. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including expenses for off-campus speakers. The selection committee will consider any and all proposal ideas, but will favor those that:

• incorporate both academic and activist social justice perspectives in meaningful ways • include significant participation by Brandeis students, faculty, and/or staff, as well as by one or more invited off-campus guests • value collaboration between student organizations, and/or between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff • inform and/or link to ongoing initiatives that enable the proposed event to contribute to an enduring social justice impact on campus or in broader communities.

To apply, please submit the following via email to SJSP Chair David Cunningham (
1. your name(s) and contact information, along with the names of any co-sponsoring clubs or organizations
2. a one-paragraph summary of the proposed event(s)
3. a brief (no more than 100 word) statement providing background on the relevant experience of each proposed off-campus speaker
4. an itemized preliminary budget estimate (note that Meehan grants cannot exceed $1,000)
5. a statement that clarifies, in 500 words or less, the organization and anticipated impact of the event(s), the full set of anticipated participants, and whether or not off-campus participants have already committed to take part. The selection committee understands that it is sometimes difficult to obtain commitments prior to receiving funding, so it is not required that you be entirely certain about the line-up of participating guests. However, your statement should list at least one alternative option for any off-campus participant who has not yet provided a firm advance commitment.

All applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, December 11, 2009.

Questions? Email David Cunningham at