Funds Available for First Amendment Campus Events

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Grant applications are now available to fund First Amendment awareness events on college and university campuses through the nationwide 1 for All program.

1 for All is a nonpartisan program designed to build understanding and support for the First Amendment freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition.

The overall 1 for All campaign includes providing teaching materials and lesson plans to help everyone learn more about their First Amendment rights. A major component of the program is the campus outreach for which 2018-19 funding is now offered.

The link to the 1 for All grant application is here. The application deadline is Dec. 1. Campus events must take place before June 1, 2019.

1 for All was founded in 2007 by then-USA Today Editor Ken Paulson, now dean of the Middle Tennessee State University College of Media and Entertainment. Founding partners include journalists, educators, First Amendment lawyers, librarians and artists, all united in the aim of educating the public on the vital importance of free speech and other First Amendment freedoms.

“I recently had the privilege of testifying about 1 for All before the House Committee on Education and the Workplace,” Paulson said. “Young people who understand the importance of free speech –and the benefits of actually listening to each other– will be better employees and citizens.”

Paulson encouraged applicants for 1 for All funding to take creative approaches in designing their campus events. These could take the form of a high-impact First Amendment Day, or First Amendment Week, featuring a range of activities, including music, speakers, panels, readings, and competitions.

“First Amendment campus events should involve as many students as possible,” Paulson said.

In addition to many previous First Amendment festivals on campuses around the country, 1 for All campaign activities have included:

  • A celebrity ad campaign featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Blake Shelton, and Kesha.
  • Free to Tweet, a social-media competition in which 17,000-plus students tweeted their support for First Amendment freedoms.
  • Picture Freedom, a nationwide scholarship contest that involved students sharing artwork illustrating freedom of expression on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

More information can be found here.