The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership is now accepting applications for our sixth annual Public Engagement Grant Program! The application deadline is Friday, September 12 and decisions will be announced by October 1.
The Davenport Institute's Public Engagement Grants are service grants, funding well-qualified consultants selected jointly by grantees and the Institute to work with grantees on facilitated public forums.
This year the Davenport Institute will be awarding 2-4 grants, offering up to $10,000 per grant to be paid directly by the Institute to an approved consultant. The total amount of grant awards for 2014 will be around $25,000 in funded consulting services.
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 among administrative and elected officials.
Davenport senior staff and consultants will then work with grantees to design public forum sessions and will facilitate deliberations among residents, stakeholders, and government representatives.
From difficult budget decisions to tough land use problems, municipal and civic institutions have recognized 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.”
Starting in 2008 (then conducted through Common Sense California), our grants have been used to support cities, counties, special districts and civic organizations as they have endeavored to engage their residents on a variety of issues.
Here’s a small sampling of the efforts we have supported: