AFT Connecticut has initiated a grant program to make funds available to AFT Connecticut members for financial assistance. A total of $4,000 is available in each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). Each member is eligible for a maximum grant of $500 per year for programs listed below. Grant applications may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed in the month following the nearest deadline.
The grants and their accompanying eligibility requirements are:
  • AFL-CIO SUMMER SCHOOL - This course is held each year in June at the University of Connecticut Campus in Storrs. Participants usually spend the week on campus, but may commute. Topics vary and may include negotiations, collective bargaining, politics, grievances, and arbitrations, etc.
  • AFT CONSTITUENT ISSUES CONFERENCES - Includes TEACH for Pre-K through 12; PSRP conference for paraprofessionals and school related personnel; Health Care Conference for all health care related workers; Public Employee Conference for state, county, or municipal workers; Higher Ed Conference for all higher ed personnel.
  • GEORGE MEANY CENTER COURSES - Covering a wide-range of topics such as collective bargaining, leadership development, grievance handling, how to run a local, etc.
  • OTHER PROGRAMS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO LEADERSHIP SKILLS - Consideration will be given for any program, including attendance at AFT-sponsored conferences or training.
    Deadline for Application Submission: January 31, April 30 and September 30.
  • UNION PLUS COLLEGE SAVINGS GRANT - $500 grant to members who open a new 529 college savings or a pre-paid tuition account after July 1, 2009.
    Your 529 account beneficiary must be 12 years old or younger at the time your open your 529 account.
    Once you open the 529 account, you must build savings of at least $1,000.