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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 State Public Affairs Grant program offers merit-based awards for innovative projects that leverage the existing efforts of the Section/Branch. SPAG was created in 1997 as a resource to help ASCE Sections and Branches undertake public affairs and government relations advocacy projects at the state and local level.

    Through SPAG funding, the opportunities for innovation are boundless. SPAG has helped Sections and Branches develop projects that make a difference within the civil engineering community. SPAG is a great resource for Sections and Branches looking to expand their existing efforts, and support civil engineers as leaders and experts on America’s vital infrastructure systems. Funding priority is given to new proposals that best support the government relations and public affairs goals of the Society and have a measurable impact on a desired audience.

    Learn How to Apply:

    Proposal Selection Process

    Proposals are first evaluated by ASCE Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives division staff, who then make recommendations to the State Government Relations Committee. After further review by the State Government Relations Committee, top tier proposals are passed on to the ASCE Public Policy Committee for final approval. The SPAG Selection Committee makes a conscious effort to equitably allocate funds. The Committee recognizes that all Sections and Branches have differing resources, needs and goals. Grants will be awarded based on the programs that best help Sections and Branches achieve their specific goals.

    Key Dates

    • Applications are due by November 1, 2017.
    • Sections and Branches will be notified of their proposal’s status by December 14, 2017 via email to the Section/Branch president and treasurer. 
    • Projects should be completed no later than July 31, 2018.
    • Final Reports are due by August 3, 2018.