OPIRG Toronto Action Group Application 2018-2019
Online form for those looking to become Action Groups for the 2018 - 2019 year

Deadline for submissions August 24th, 2018 at 11:59pm

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Toronto Action Group! Below you will find more information on what being an Action Group means, what OPIRG can do for you, the application process and the policies surrounding Action Groups.
OPIRG Toronto is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization based at the University of Toronto. Fundamental to our operation are Action Groups. These Action Groups organize autonomously around various issues of social justice and environmental action. Some examples of past Action Groups include: Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA UofT), Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network (LACSN), No One is Illegal (NOII), and Anakbayan-Toronto.

WHAT ROLE DO ACTION GROUPS PLAY AT OPIRG?
Action Groups are central to the functioning of OPIRG. They consist of a group of volunteers who work on a specific issue pertaining to anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, social justice and environmental justice issues. The Action Groups are dedicated to enacting change across University of Toronto campuses and/or in the broader community. Action Groups receive funding from OPIRG and access to the OPIRG office. OPIRG Toronto is committed to change at University of Toronto but we ALSO envision larger community interaction. We work to blend student organizing with grassroots activism to ensure broad social and environmental change. Thus, we are encouraging applications for Action Groups with a broad vision, especially those who come from traditionally marginalized communities such as Indigenous, Racialized, migrant, Trans and/or Queer and DisAbled communities.

APPLICATION PROCESS
To be considered for Action Group status, please fill out the application form that is attached below, and sign the Action Group policies form. This form allows the Action Group to concisely outline its goals and the way in which it embodies a particular issue. Once reviewed by the OPIRG Toronto board of directors, the contact person will be notified of the board’s decision. Approved Action Groups must follow the Action Group policies.
If you have any questions about applying to become an Action Group and/or what the benefits of becoming an Action Group are please contact us at 416-978-7770 or opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com.
We are also in the office located at 563 Spadina Crescent, unit 101 from 11am-5pm from Monday to Thursday. Please feel free to stop by anytime!

ACTION GROUP INFORMATION
WHAT OPIRG CAN DO FOR YOU…
All Action Groups are allocated a budget for projects and events they wish to organize. These might include a speaker series, movie nights, handbooks, outreach materials, trainings, etc.
In addition to a budget each Action Group also has access to OPIRG Toronto’s many resources:
* Access to a phone, internet, printing services, mailbox, and photocopier.
* Assistance with outreach and event planning
* The OPIRG office can be used as a place to hold meetings for your Action Group.
* Room booking
* Information about your events and meetings can be sent out to the OPIRG listserv and promoted through our social media.
* Space in our newsletter and website to write about your group and/or issues of importance that you would like the UofT community to know about.
* Anti-oppression trainings, consensus/collective building and facilitation trainings for all Action Groups.

WHAT OPIRG TORONTO EXPECTS IN RETURN…
* The contact person for the Action Group will keep us apprised and up-to-date on meetings, events, etc.
* Information for the OPIRG Toronto website, including current contact person and links to affiliated organizations.
* Action Groups are required to put the OPIRG Toronto logo on all posters and other advertisements.
* The Action Groups will uphold OPIRG Toronto’s mandate at all times and avoid and address any and all racist, sexist, classist, ableist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic and/or any other oppressive language or actions in meetings, at events, and so on.
* The Action Groups will use the OPIRG Toronto office respectfully and responsibly. This includes cleaning up after yourselves, keeping the office tidy and not removing/taking items from the office without asking permission, and returning borrowed items.
* The Action Groups will be committed to fostering a cooperative environment that encourages open communication, is welcoming to newcomers, and based on consensus decision-making.
* Action Group members will attend a mandatory Action Group meeting with the Volunteer and Programming Coordinator, once per term and an orientation meeting held at the beginning of the school year.
* Every Action Group will present an overview of their work from the previous year at the Annual General Meeting at the end of April or early May of the year.
* All Action Groups will provide a year-end report that will be published in the annual newsletter, and/or be put on the OPIRG Toronto website

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ACTION GROUP/PROJECT APPLICATION 2018-2019
*Please note that all personal information will be confidential within the organization*
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Name of Action Group: *
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Action Group Email Address:
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Name of Contact Person: *
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Contact Phone Number: *
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Contact Email: *
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Name of Second Contact Person: *
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Contact Phone Number:
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Is this Action Group currently being funded by other sources? *
If Yes, by who?
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Is this Action Group affiliated with other organizations and/or groups on campus, in the greater community or internationally? *
If yes, which one(s)?
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Please provide a description of your Action Group. Include a) vision and mandate, b) brief introduction to the main organizers, c) if applicable, any past work your group has done. Outline some of the goals of this Action Group and how it relates to OPIRG Toronto. Please also outline two proposed events that your Action Group would like to organize. Please include a draft budget for the year including: a) expenses/revenues for the events you plan on hosting and b) any other sources of funding. *
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How do you visualize OPIRG Toronto supporting your Action Group (beyond funding)? *
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What workshops and/or trainings would your Action Group be interested in attending, or helping OPIRG Toronto to organize? (Eg. We normally hold trainings and workshops such as Anti-Oppression training, consensus decision-making, facilitations, etc).
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OPIRG Toronto cannot fund groups/organizations that are affiliated with political parties. If your Action Group is affiliated with one, in what capacity? *
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OPIRG Toronto supports work that is strictly anti-oppressive, anti-colonial and fights against ongoing displacement and occupation of Indigenous land. We cannot accept Action Groups who go against this mandate. What aspects of your work reflect this mandate? *
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What community is your Action Group’s work based in or around?
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How does your Action Group connect your work with and/or work in Kensington/Chinatown or other communities in Toronto? *
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Please review the Action Group Policy included at the bottom of the form. Does your group understand the policy and agree to abide by the rules set forth in it? *
How many members are currently part of your Action Group and what is your membership policy? Are there restrictions on who can or cannot become a member of your Action Group?
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