Chapter Advocacy Day Assistance Grants
These grants are given to applying chapters each year, winners are generally highlighted and present recaps of their lobby days at the State Legislative Conference every November. Small and medium chapters can apply for up to $5,000 in grant funds, provided that the chapter show evidence that it is contributing $1 for every $2 applied for from AAFP.
To be eligible for the award, chapters must submit an application specifying the following:
- How much funding the chapter seeks
- How much money the chapter will contribute
- The goal of the advocacy day
- A general agenda for the advocacy day
- The issues on which attendees will advocate
- Level of AAFP staff support requested
- General plans for follow up activities
Funds may only be used for expenses related to advocacy day. Permitted related expenses include, but are not limited to, facility rental, photocopying, member travel, member lodging, speakers, and food and beverages. AAFP will fund travel for AAFP staff, chapters will not be required to cover the costs associated with AAFP staff travel.
Chapters awarded grant money must allow ample time for attending State Government Relations staff to give an “AAFP Update” or other presentation during the Advocacy Day Event. This presentation will be no shorter than 30 minutes, but no longer than 60 minutes, including time for questions and answers by attendees.
In addition, chapters must make every effort during the planning process of the advocacy day event to have formal interactions with various state legislators. This includes (but is not limited to) scheduling small meetings between attendees and legislators or having legislators address attendees and answer questions during the training day. Chapters may plan less formal interactions between legislators and members (e.g., breakfast with legislators); however, these events must be held in addition to formal meetings with legislators to discuss specific issue "asks."
Because of these requirements, it is strongly encouraged that chapters send proposed “asks” and advocacy day goals to attendees before the actual advocacy day. Discussion of “asks” should be had during the training segment of the Advocacy Day (typically the morning before afternoon legislator meetings) so that each attendee is comfortable with the chapter’s messages and knows how to effectively deliver information and the provided talking points.
Please submit applications to Shannon Morey, AAFP Manager of State Government Affairs. Applications for 2017 will be accepted until July 15, 2016, on a rolling basis.