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Last day for new Catalyst Awards project ideas!

Hi, everyone!  Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to add new project ideas for the NCDD Catalyst Awards — two $10,000 awards designed to foster collaboration on projects with the potential to move our field forward in the categories of civic infrastructure and political bridge-building.

First drafts are due today, but most projects will have some work to do between now and January 13th, when the final proposals are due — so don’t think your project needs to be completely fleshed out and detailed by the end of the day today.

Just keep in mind that this is not a grant program that you, as an individual, are applying for. The Catalyst Awards are our attempt to encourage collaboration in our field, so your task is to inspire other NCDD members to get involved in your idea and help develop the final proposal together.  We expect that the NCDDers who get involved in your project idea will also play a role in helping to implement it, and that you’ll leave room for more NCDD members to get involved down the road.

So if you’ve wanted to see people in our field collaborating on a specific topic, project or goal, today’s the last day to post your idea!  We’ve got 20 great ideas posted so far at ncdd.civicevolution.org, but certainly room for more. We are eager to see some new collaborative efforts start up through this process, and excited that we can support two of the projects with the $10,000 awards.

Once today’s deadline has passed, a review board will be providing some feedback for the project coordinators (those who submitted ideas), and we’ll all be shifting over to focusing on getting people collaborating on developing the final project proposals.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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