Public Affairs Grants program was created in 1997 as a resource to help ASCE
Sections undertake media relations and government relations outreach projects
at the state and local level. The goal of SPAG is to enhance the image of civil
engineers as leaders and experts on America’s vital infrastructure systems and
to encourage advocacy on ASCE priority issues that are important to civil
engineers. By applying for a SPAG grant, your Section can leverage current Section
funding for a new initiative, add a new component to your existing work, or fund
an innovative idea for outreach. In
order to better serve the outreach efforts of Sections, two SPAG grant levels
are provided – Small Grants and Large Grants.
Small Grants: Proposals up to
$1,500 are eligible for Small Grants. One
grant proposal is required per project. Small Grants are intended for Sections
to fund a single component of a larger program or for a one-time expense. A
short proposal and report is required for Small Grants.
Large Grants: Proposals between
$1,500 and $5,000 are eligible for Large Grants. One grant proposal per project
is required. Large Grants are intended for Sections to fund a larger initiative
or a significant addition to an existing outreach activity. Large Grants
require a comprehensive proposal and detailed reports. The Section should have
a project leader and do a considerable amount of project planning prior to applying
for a Large Grant.
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If you have any questions about the eligibility of a program, contact staff for guidance before submitting the proposal.