It has been another very competitive year for The Davenport Institute Annual Public Engagement Grant Program. After intense deliberation, we are excited to announce our 2014 Public Engagement Grantees:
We look forward to working with grantees to facilitate deliberations among residents, stakeholders, and government representatives.
Thanks to all the other applicants from across California. Stay posted for next year's 2015 Annual Grant Announcement and other information here!
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: