Apply for a Public Policy Impact Grant

Applications for the 2014-15
Impact Grant Program year are closed.


AAUW Public Policy Impact Grants are awarded annually to states that present a public policy action plan in accordance with the format laid out in the application. This year’s grants will be geared toward

  • Prioritizing advocacy efforts around two policy issues — a primary issue and a secondary issue
  • Developing an action timeline with key goals and tactics to accomplish those goals
  • Incorporating get-out-the-vote (GOTV) and voter education efforts into your broader advocacy work

Impact Grant states receive $1,000 to help them execute the action plan, as well as resources and technical assistance from AAUW national staff, as detailed in the first page of the application. The 2014–15 Impact Grant program year will run from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.

Who can apply?

Any state can apply, provided they have approval from their state president and board, as well as signed commitments from their incoming state board. Anyone on the state board can complete the grant application; it is not intended solely for state public policy chairs. Approximately eight to 10 states will be selected to receive a 2014–15 Impact Grant. Joint applications from more than one state will not be accepted.

What will I need to do before starting the application?

  • Determine the number of active branches in your state, number of branches without a public policy chair, total number of branch members in your state, and total number of national members in the state (if known).
  • Gather a list of the dates for any AAUW conferences being held in your state during the grant period, July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015.
  • Determine who in your state will have primary responsibility for implementing the Impact Grant project beginning July 1, 2014, and who will assist that person. Gather contact information for those people.

Once the application is completed, you’ll need to collect verbal commitments from your incoming state board members to indicate their commitment to implementing the Impact Grant as outlined in the application. There is also a section on the application that asks you to list the names of at least two branches in your state that have already expressed interest in participating in the Impact Grant and action plan you outline in the application.