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New Case Foundation Grants

The Case Foundation has launched a new grant program called Make It Your Own. It is designed to help grassroots leaders involve their fellow citizens in dialogue, deliberation, and action on community problems.

This is one of those rare instances where a national foundation will make grants directly to local and neighborhood-level projects.  It’s even more unusual in that the decision-making process on who gets the grants will be made, in part, by citizens themselves (see “Foundation Lets Public Help Award Money” in the New York Times). Exit EPA Disclaimer

The foundation is inviting individuals, or individuals working with small, local organizations or groups, to apply for grant awards that will range from $10,000 to $35,000. The projects must "imagine and implement innovative ideas and solutions that lay the groundwork for long-term social change."  

Brief applications will be accepted online from June 26 until August 8, 2007. The top 100 applications will be selected and will receive $200.  These applicants will then be invited to pitch their ideas as a full proposal in early October, 2007. Twenty top finalists will be chosen in early November and will each receive $10,000. Of these 20 finalists, four will be selected (through voting by the online community) to receive an additional $25,000 to pursue their proposed projects.

Check out the details at the Case Foundation website Exit EPA Disclaimer and quickly share this article with anyone you think would be a good candidate. 

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