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2014 Public Engagement Grant Recipients Announced

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: 

  1. City of Placentia: seeking input from residents on its Old Town/Santa Fe District Revitalization Plan through a series of workships and charrettes. 
  2. City of Rancho Palos Verdes: partnering with residents to develop an Infrastructure Management Plan and roadmap to the year 2050. 
  3. Tuoulumne Utilities District: seeking community input on which direction the district should pursue in seeking options to increase water supply in a time of ongoing drought.  
  4. City of San Carlos: seeking to work with residents on program prioritization
  5. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency: implementing Public Outreach and Engagement Team Strategy (POETS). 

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! 

About the 2014 Public Engagement Grant Program 

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:


See our application criteria here and our online application here.