I just received this today. If we can put together a proposal for an ethics program, there is grant money available. Here are the details:
To encourage promotion of Ethics in Journalism Week, $1,000 grants are available to chapters for ethics programming. The grant is made possible through a generous donation from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. There is one grant available for each of the 12 regions. To be eligible for an Ethics Grant, chapters must be in good standing with the national organization and have a 2006-2007 annual report on file with the national office.
For the next two years, Ethics in Journalism Week will continue to focus on a specific section of the SPJ Code of Ethics. For 2008, your program proposal must focus on “Act Independently.” Your proposed program must take place between April 21-27, 2008. Funds will not be granted for programs that fall outside of Ethics in Journalism Week.
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— Chapter Name and Region Number
— Complete contact information for the person submitting the proposal including mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address.
— Date of proposed program to be held during Ethics in Journalism Week 2008. (Your program must be held during Ethics in Journalism Week, April 21-27. Funds will not be awarded to programs held outside of Ethics in Journalism Week.)
— A description of a program that will be sponsored by the chapter. The program, centered on the “Act Independently” portion of the SPJ Code of Ethics should promote ethical, responsible journalism and benefit the chapter and its membership. The program should not be conducted as part of the regional conference.
— A preliminary budget for the event. (If your proposal is selected, you will be required to file a recap of your event with the national office and include a complete budget, including receipts, detailing how funds awarded by SPJ were spent).
— Grant funds may cover travel expenses for speakers, but funds will not be awarded to cover speaker fees or honorariums.
— Priority is given to requests that do not seek reimbursement for food or meal expenses.
Timeline for proposals:
— Submit proposal by midnight, EST, Monday, November 12, 2007.
— Only electronic submissions will be considered. Proposals must be submitted using the grant application form on the SPJ Web site. Click here to access the form.