Easiest Grant Application Ever — Campus 1st Amendment PR Campaigns

Middle Tennesee State UniversityNow colleges and universities can receive grants to help public relations and communications classes design public relations campaigns that promote understanding of the First Amendment.

A new project of 1 for All and the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University, the program offers $2,000 grants to support college public relations and strategic communications professors who wish to give their students hands-on PR campaign experience while building understanding of the First Amendment.

To get a $2,000 grant, all the college professor/ organization has to do is email the organization. Results will be sent within 48 hours.

“Professors or student PR organizations can apply for the grants simply by sending an email to 1forall@mtsu.edu and making the request. A confirmation will come within 48 hours. Classes will have until Dec. 31, 2019, to spend the funds.

“The $2,000 grant can be used in any way that builds awareness,” Paulson said, adding that “most schools will use the funding for promotional materials, event support, or other outreach.”

Students can develop a campaign that engages their interests and develops their skills in areas including, but not limited to, strategic planning, social media, advertising, media relations, audience research and analysis, graphic design, project management, and event planning.

A report summarizing the research, planning, execution (strategies and tactics) and evaluation elements of the campaign will be due 30 days after the end of the semester in which the campaign runs. A memo detailing how the funding was spent must also be submitted, along with receipts or invoices to verify spending.”

1 for All is a nonpartisan educational program based at MTSU’s Free Speech Center. For more information, see this page.


Paula Edwards