Public Policy & Civic Engagement
We believe that the relationship between government and its citizens is fractured. Many of our current policies perpetuate society’s growing inequities or fail to address our region’s biggest needs. Additionally, many citizens are apathetic to government, reflected in abysmal voter turnout and declining approval ratings.For the last four years, the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Program has focused on addressing inequities in California’s budget structure. In 2014, our strategies included grant-making and convenings with organizations that tackled budget reform, distribution of public resources, and voter mobilization. Our goal is to create a more equitable Bay Area by passing policies that promote economic justice, allocate public resources to low-income communities of color, and revive our democracy.
Who We Fund
We make grants to community-based organizations who effectively educate, organize, and engage low-income communities and communities of color in policy change and reform. We also fund organizations that provide research, policy analysis, strategic communications, and other capacity building tools in support of our grantees.
We will invite a limited number of organizations to apply for these funds based on the services they provide to the Bay Area’s low-income communities and communities of color. This is an invitation-only application.
How to Apply
Please note that is not an open call for applications. Grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to invited organizations. In order to be considered for funding, invited organizations must submit a full grant application and all of the requested materials through Grantee Center.