Locals/chapters are expected to bear the cost of programs and activities to engage and maintain members.  This includes membership meetings and food costs, educational workshops/webinars, maintaining a membership database, and methods to encourage participation at union meetings.

This grant is intended to encourage locals/chapters to promote new and creative ideas to retain membership. This grant provides for an award of $500 for programs or activities not already part of a local’s/chapter’s standard operating procedures. This grant does not cover giveaways or gifts to maintain members, purchase of equipment necessary to maintain the functioning of a local/chapter, or the copying of contracts for members. If a local/chapter is unsure whether the program or activity will be reimbursed, preapproval should be requested by submitting a request to the Divisional Executive Vice President.

Any local/chapter requesting the $500 reimbursement for membership retention must submit their reimbursement application and documentation of costs expended to the Divisional Executive Vice President (tardis@aft-local-1796.org) no later than June 15, 2024, for the 2023-24 fiscal year.