Planning Stipends and Promoting Your Communities Talk Event
More about planning stipends
Completing your registration to host a SAMHSA-sponsored Communities Talk event ensures that you will receive your $750 planning stipend within 21 days. Receiving the planning stipend may take longer if a current W-9 is not provided. These forms changed along with the tax laws in 2018, so an older version can’t be accepted. The current W-9 form is available on the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf.
Remember, planning stipends may not be used to pay for food and beverages, entertainment, door prizes, discounts, incentive giveaways, promotional products (e.g., T-shirts, baseball caps, or coffee mugs).
Interested in hosting an event in 2019?
See FAQs and watch the new step-by-step video tutorial (look for the video in the orange Event Host Log In box on the homepage) about how to register your event.
Promoting your Communities Talk event
Now that you’ve planned your event, you need a strategy to spread the word. The Communities Talk website has the tips and resources you need to promote your event. First, create a promotion plan and learn the best ways to implement it.
The Communities Talk Social Media Guide gives you the information you need to use Facebook, Twitter, and blogs to reach your audiences as well as sample content. An image gallery has graphics to use in your social media posts.
You can also find tips and tools on interviewing and engaging and working with the news media with customizable templates for writing an op ed, pitch email, and press release. Additional customizable resources for promotion include a flyer and web badge. Check out the image gallery for inspiration from promotional flyers developed by other hosts.