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State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) Program

  • Many ASCE Sections undertake media relations and government relations outreach projects at the state and local level, and the State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG) Program is here to help. 

  • The SPAG program works in conjunction with ASCE's goal 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.

    The ASCE fiscal year 2017 budget, effective October 1, 2016, does not include funding for State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG). To assist in the coming year, ASCE has public relations expertise on staff ready to help strategize the promotion and execution of your upcoming initiatives, including State Infrastructure Report Cards and legislative outreach events. If you would like more information, please contact the Government Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives Department.

     In order to better serve the outreach efforts of Sections, 2 SPAG grant levels are provided:

    Small Grants:

    • Proposals up to $1,500 are eligible for small grants.
    • 1 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.
    • 1 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.

    Sections may submit proposals for up to 2 small grants and 2 large grants for a total of 4 proposals.

  • Curious about SPAG? 

    Contact us for a copy of the 2016 guidelines.

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