In what has been our most competitive year, the Davenport Institute is excited to announce our 2013 Public Engagement Grantees:
Thanks to the nearly 40 municipalities and civic organizations that applied this year, and the many more who called with questions. We look forward to hearing from you in 2014, and working with this year's grantees asap!
This year's program is again made possible, in part, by support from the James Irvine Foundation's California Democracy Program.
About the 2013 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: