2009 CAPP Grant Application


The goal of the CAPP Grant Program is to strengthen APAPO's advocacy efforts by supporting projects developed by APA/APAPO's affiliated state, provincial and territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs), aimed at protecting, advancing and promoting the interests of professional practitioner psychologists on the state and national level.

Since 1987 CAPP has awarded over $11 million in grants from money paid by APA/APAPO Practice Members. All sixty SPTAs have benefited from these grants, directly and indirectly.

Categories of Grants — 2009

There are several categories of grants:

Organizational Development grant requests include ongoing subsidy for central office operations and staffing (including basic lobbying operations) for small state associations, and second tier organizational development requests for larger state associations (including seed money for central office positions). The total amount allocated for this cycle is currently $250,000 per year.

Organizational Development Grant Application Due Dates:
Draft – December 1, 2008 Final – December 15, 2008

Special Projects grant requests include support for projects such as marketing and public relations. The total amount allocated for this cycle is currently $60,000 per year, which includes $10,000 for up to four one-time prescriptive authority developmental grants of no more than $2,500 each to build consensus for prescriptive authority initiatives. (A prerequisite for the prescriptive authority developmental grant awards will be SPTA leadership endorsement of plans to move forward with a prescriptive authority agenda. Prior evidence of groundwork done in the state on behalf of prescriptive authority, such as establishment of a psychopharmacology or prescription privileges task force or committee and/or sponsorship of meetings or workshops on this topic, will be favorably considered.)

Special Project Grant Application Due Dates:
Special Project Grants will not be offered in 2009 due to budget restraints. The description above is provided for your information.

Legislative grant requests are for legislative initiatives for advocacy and defense that are tied to specific pieces of legislation. This grant cannot be used for basic lobbying purposes. Small state associations can include requests for general or basic lobbying support within the Organizational Development grant category. The total amount allocated for this cycle is currently $230,000 per year, which includes $10,000 that has been designated for seed grants of up to $2,000 each to support legislative efforts to address the change in the sequence of training relative to the post-doctoral year. A prerequisite for these seed grants will be SPTA consideration of plans to move forward with legislative or regulatory change in this area. Specifically, the SPTA will need to have expressed support for the APA policy statement on the sequence of training relative to the post-doctoral year. Prior groundwork done to support this change, such as convention presentations, newsletter articles, discussions with members of the Licensing Board will be favorably considered. (An SPTA does not have to have a specific piece of legislation prepared for introduction to qualify for one of these seed grants.)

Legislative Grant Application Due Dates:
Draft - September 18, 2009 Final - October 2, 2009

Emergency grant requests are for crisis situations involving defensive and reactive measures in response to unanticipated situations. (Failure to meet a grant cycle deadline does not constitute an emergency). The total amount allocated is currently $50,000 per year.

In addition, $20,000 per year is set aside for the Canadian provinces through the Council of Provincial Associations of Psychologists (CPAP).

Required Steps in Grant Application Process

  1. Consultation with State Advocacy staff in Practice Directorate one month or more prior to grant deadline.

  2. Submission of first draft of grant application at least 2 weeks prior to the grant deadline. All budget and financial information must be included with first draft.

  3. Feedback from State Advocacy staff.

  4. Submission of final application by the grant deadline, with all attachments and signature of two APA members, which includes the Association President. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

  5. Review and evaluation of grant request by CAPP Grant Subcommittee.

  6. Full CAPP review and decision on Grant Subcommittee recommendations.

  7. Written notification to SPTA.

  8. If awarded, written acknowledgement by SPTA of terms of grant to Executive Director, Professional Practice, APA Practice Organization, 750 1st St, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

  9. Processing of grant check through APA Financial Office.

  10. Submission of a CAPP Grant Follow-up Report by the deadline date in the year following receipt of original grants. Failure to submit a follow-up report will preclude consideration of any future grant requests.

Note: A follow-up report will be requested by the Practice Organization on the implementation of the grant awards. This follow-up report is distributed to CAPP members only. A listing of grant-funded projects will be posted on the APA Practice Portal. Further details about particular grant projects may be provided by each SPTA’s central office at their own discretion.

The entire grant process, including preliminary consultation, can be expected to take up to six months; for budgeting purposes, SPTAs are encouraged not to assume earlier receipt of grant funds. Each SPTA can expedite this process with careful attention to each step and deadline and accurate completion of the grant application and attachments.

You must complete all steps in the process to be eligible for funding. Final submission must be received by the due date, including all attachments and completed signature sheet.

Factors in CAPP's Review of Grant Applications

In reviewing the grant application, CAPP evaluates the following factors:

  • Does the grant application meet the required deadline dates?

  • Is the grant application complete?

  • Has the SPTA adhered to all steps in the required application process?

  • Does the proposal have the support and reflect the consensus of the SPTA leadership?

  • Does the proposal make good organizational sense given the particular characteristics of the association, its financial position, and the environment in which it functions?

  • Does the position, initiative or project meet an important or critical SPTA need? Does it provide the SPTA with the means to accomplish specific desirable objectives? A compelling, well-written and thoughtful statement of need is of vital importance.

  • Does the outcome of the grant provide data or other valuable benefits to other SPTAs or to the advancement of professional psychology? Can the experience be generalized to the other SPTAs? The more generalizable and the larger the potential payoff, the more likely the grant is to be funded.

  • A reasonable level of dues per member. Dues can vary depending on the size of the SPTA but dues levels significantly below the national averages will be taken into account.*

  • A well-thought-out and financially sound budget.

  • The percentage of licensed psychologists who are members of the SPTA.

  • The grant history of the SPTA.

*Average dues according to the 2006 SPTA survey are:
▪Very small - $182.00
▪Small - $247.50
▪Medium - $279.17
 ▪Large - $335.00
▪Very Large - $292.25


For questions or a copy of the full application contact Susan Lazaroff, J.D. in the State Advocacy Program or at (800) 374-2723 ext. 5864.