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Davenport Institute Receives $225,000 Grant to Support Public Engagement Work in California

Davenport Institute Receives $225,000 Grant from the James Irvine Foundation

January 12, 2015-- The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the James Irvine Foundation's California Democracy program has once again generously supported its public engagement work in California. The Institute was awarded an 18-month, $225,000 grant in support of its public engagement programs in California. Funds will be used to lead public engagement seminars, consult with community leaders, and develop expanded government relationships.

This is the second grant awarded to the Institute by the James Irvine Foundation. In 2010 the Foundation gave the Davenport Institute $350,000, which helped to fund trainings for over 1,000 public officials, annual consulting grants in support of public engagement projects on issues ranging from teen services to land use to budgets in communities across California. Their support has also allowed the Institute to expand its training programming in the areas of technology and civic engagement and to begin to institutionalize public engagement as a leadership skill in several major California cities. The Davenport Institute is grateful for the support of the Irvine Foundation and its California Democracy program and their continued commitment to the important work of connecting local governments and residents to address the difficult public issues facing in California in the 21st Century.