Public Engagement Grant Opportunity

Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for the 2015 Public Engagement Grant.

If your organization has a public engagement project that could use financial support, our Annual Public Engagement Grant Program may be just what you need. This year marks our 8th consecutive year of offering funded consulting services to California's cities, counties, special districts and civic organizations on a variety of issues.

From difficult budget decisions to tough land use problems, municipal and civic institutions are recognizing that legitimately engaging their citizens - from discovering their informed opinions, to inviting their participation in actual solutions - should be a pragmatic priority. Still, the tight budgets that most require these public discussions can also preclude them when municipalities decide that engaging residents is just "too expensive." Made possible through funding from the James Irvine Foundation's California Democracy Fund, the Davenport Institute Public Engagement Grants seek to help municipalities overcome that hurdle

Starting in 2008 (then conducted through Common Sense California), our grants have been used in communities from Humboldt County to San Diego and from San Francisco to Riverside.  This year, we anticipate awarding 2-4 grants.  The minimum individual grant amount will be $5,000 and the maximum individual grant amount will be $20,000.  Prior to beginning their public engagement campaign, grantees will receive training and consultation from the Davenport Institute to build understanding and support for the civic engagement effort amongst both administrative staff and elected officials.

The deadline for applications is Monday, September 14.

For more information click here.

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