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Herb Block Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Encouraging Citizen Involvement Grant Program

The Herb Block Foundation (www.herbblockfoundation.org)is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged through the creation or support of charitable and educational programs with the same goals. Through its Encouraging Citizen Involvement grant program, the foundation seeks to help ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement. Proposals for this program may focus on citizen education, greater voter participation in the electoral process, or citizen oversight of governmental agencies. All projects must be nonpartisan and may not involve lobbying for specific legislation or candidates. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; be located in and/or provide services in the greater Washington, D.C., region (defined as the District of Columbia, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, and the city of Alexandria in Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland). Grants will not be made for capital or endowment programs, or for sectarian religious purposes. Grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000 will be considered. At this time, grants will be considered for one year’s funding. Grants cannot be used for lobbying or other partisan purposes. Visit the Herb Block Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures. The deadline for Letters of Inquiry is June 9, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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