2013 Grant Projects
In our most competitive grant year to date, the Davenport Institute offered a total of approximately $50,000 to four communities to fund professional consultants to work on facilitated public forums. Consultants worked with grantees to design public sessions and to facilitate deliberations among residents, stakeholders, and government representatives. Grant awards also included training and consultation from the Davenport Institute prior to beginning the public engagement campaigns in order to build understanding and support for the civic engagement effort amongst administrative and elected officials.
The following cities received public engagement grants in 2013:
1. Brea - Participatory Planning
This Orange County City is involving its residents in some significant planning decisions.
2. Placentia - Budget Workshops
Like many cities throughout California, the City of Placentia is facing some tough budget challenges. The Davenport grant supported independent facilitator led workshops throughout the community to determine the best options in tight financial situation.
3. Riverside - Collaborative Service Delivery
Located in Southern California's Inland Empire, Riverside has become known as an innovator in public engagement both online and offline. This grant supported the city as it reached out to residents to involve them more directly in service-delivery. Davenport funds supported John McKnight and Jim Diers of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute as they trained residents and city staff alike and supported the city in facilitating workshops to discover the strengths residents brought to various neighborhoods and to help the city and neighborhoods work together to develop plans for building a stronger community with innovative services for all residents.
4. Salinas - Public Budgeting
This central coast city engaged residents in a public budgeting process, facilitated by the center for Priority Based Budgeting.