After a successful inaugural competition, the CaSP Division invites its members to apply for the second, members-only competition that seeks to fund ONE innovative, practical and sustainable project that speaks to the principles and values of community psychology in action within the unique circumstances of COVID-19.

“The pandemic spells an unprecedented public health crisis in our country’s history, accompanied by an array of emotional, family, social, occupational, institutional and economic impacts that bear on all of us. It is in this very moment, too, that our fraternity is looked upon to assume leadership, composure and considered action as we rise to the call to share our skills, resources and wisdom, and act in solidarity in service of the collective mental health and well-being of our country. This is a moment when we will likely be asked to fulfill multiple roles and responsibilities – to provide care and compassion, foster a sense of safety and security, reduce negative emotional contagion, promote community connectedness, offer reliable information, and advocate for just outcomes for all.” (Prof Garth Stevens, President PsySSA, 2020)

 

Against a backdrop of limitations and possibilities for further change, the CaSP 2020 seed grant competition encourages thinking out of the box, reimagining the different ways of empowering communities and taking into consideration the longevity of existing or new community-based projects that will promote mental health and psychosocial wellbeing during and beyond a pandemic.

The competition is open to registered CaSP members.

Grant and networking opportunities:

  • Seed grant funding of up to R3000 for the winner
  • A personalized webinar on developing capacity and community psychology skills with the CaSP Chairperson and Vice-chairperson for the winner and top 5
  • Mentorship support for winner and top 5 finalists to publishing an opinion/academic piece or writing a funding proposal for a community psychology project
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