MALIBU, CA— Pepperdine’s Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership is pleased to invite applications for its fifth annual Public Engagement Grant Program. Starting in 2008 (then conducted through Common Sense California), these grants have supported cities, counties, special districts and civic organizations seeking to engage residents on a variety of issues. This year’s program is again made possible, in part, by support from the James Irvine Foundation’s California Democracy Program.

From difficult budget decisions to tough land use problems, municipal and civic institutions have recognized that legitimate civic engagement should be a pragmatic priority.  This type of engagement includes processes from discovering informed resident opinions to inviting their participation in actual solutions.  Still, the tight budgets that most require these public discussions can also preclude them when municipalities decide that engaging residents is just too expensive.

The grant is open to municipalities and civic organizations interested in involving the public on an issue of significance to their community or district.  Past projects have related to budget, land use and public safety, among others.  Eligible applicants include:

  • Mayors, City Council, City Managers, Assistant City Managers
  • County Supervisors, Senior Staff
  • Special/School District Board Members, Senior Staff
  • Executive Directors of regional governance associations (COGs)
  • Executive Directors of non-profit organizations

Interested organizations can find more information on selection criteria and process on the grant website and may apply through our easy-to-use online application .  All applications must be received by September 12, 2012, and grantees will be notified on September 28, 2012.

Grant Press Release