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Member Leader Development Program Application

Program Introduction


Please read these instructions carefully before applying.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with chapter leaders and Member Engagement Specialists or Field Representatives assigned to support your chapter in order to develop a specific plan for your grant funds.  

For applicants requesting funds for release time to support New Employee Outreach or Membership Drives, you are strongly encouraged to use resources available such as the Roadmap to Membership Drives and New Employee Outreach Toolkit. Contact staff for details on how to download these resources online.

Chapter wide membership drives typically require two or more weeks planning time after your plan is approved and grant funds authorized in order to put logistics and communication to the district in place adequately to achieve the best results.  Also note that review and approval of grant requests typically takes up to 5 business days. You and associated staff will be notified directly of approval via email.


The Member Leader Development Program provides grant funds to assist chapter members meet new hires, strengthen chapters (i.e. membership/recommit campaigns), develop effective leadership, enhance customer service. 

Grant funds can be used to:

  • meet new employees at their workplace or employer orientation (if employer does not provide paid release time);
  • get chapter members to sign recommit forms/conduct membership drives;
  • send one chapter member (only if the chapter isn’t already sending someone) to legislative conference and PSE’s annual convention (if there is no other funding available);
  • send one chapter member (only if the chapter isn’t already sending someone) to local, regional, or state union related training or meetings;
  • assist chapter’s or leader’s efforts to meet the effective chapter or leader characteristics. 


Applicants are required to describe how they will use the grant, how much they are requesting, and when completed, submit a report how much was used and who used the funds (see sample report outline below).  If the request includes release time, the applicant must include the names and contact information for those using release time.  

Upon completion of the grant, the applicant will complete a report of what was accomplished.  Expense reimbursement will require receipts on a PSE member expense reimbursement report available from staff attached to a brief summary report stating what was accomplished and the outcomes.  

Sample report outline: 

  • Chapter name
  • Name of report author
  • Dates funds used
  • Amount of funds granted and amount of funds used
  • Type of activities funded (New Employee Outreach, re-commitment of existing members on new form, COPE drive, attend a regional or statewide training, etc.)
  • Number of conversations with members and/or number of members engaged
  • Specific measurable outcomes: (number of new hires signed as members, existing members signing new membership forms (re-commitments). new volunteers or COPE contributions obtained).
  • Recommendations for future activities to build on your work.


Chapters must have updated PSE with current officers and completed their last financial report with PSE. 

Applicants/recipients of grant funds must be dues paying members in good standing.

NOTE:   You must submit a complete application for full consideration.

If you are not requesting funding for paid release time during work hours, continue using the button at the bottom of the page. 

If you ARE requesting funds for paid release time during work hours, before applying, please have the following information available

- First and Last name, phone, email and physical mail address of the person who should receive your release letter (usually someone from your employer HR office). 

- Names of all participants who will be on release time including an estimate of their hourly rate of pay for budgeting purposes.

- Dates of activities (recommend you apply for grant more than two weeks before activities begin to allow adequate planning and preparations using planning materials that will be provided to you upon approval)

- Itemized budget describing how requested funds will be used.  Example:     
      $1245 for release time
      $45 for materials (specify what materials you anticipate needing to purchase)
      $20 for printing
      $1,310 Total

You will need to know the approximate hourly wages of members going to be on release time.  Example:

     John Doe - $20/hour X 10 total hours release (5 hours x 2 days) + 30% benefits = $260
     Jane Doe - $25/hour X 4 total hours release (4 hours x 1 day) + 30% benefits = $130
     Total grant funds requested = $260+ $130 = $390


Be sure to scroll down at the bottom of each page and click the button to advance through the entire application.  If you need to stop the application process, bookmark the page and you should be able to come back to the application and finish it later.