From a Rhode Island ballot proposition to enhance mass transit to another in Louisiana that would establish an infrastructure bank, many states are turning to their voters next week to decide on initiatives that would help fund needed upgrades to infrastructure. The push to get more funding for infrastructure doesn’t stop with the elections. But raising public awareness takes money – and we’ve got you covered.
The State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) program was established as a resource to help ASCE Sections and Branches undertake public relations and government relations projects at the grassroots level. The goal of the program is to enhance the image of civil engineers as leaders and experts on America’s vital infrastructure systems and to encourage advocacy on behalf of issues that are important to civil engineers.
ASCE members in West Virginia received SPAG funding to create the video above to help showcase the benefits a good transportation system would make to their state. Other ASCE members used their SPAG grants to create billboard campaigns, STEM outreach activities, and expand their activities on state legislative days. And there’s more money available this year for projects to heighten awareness about the need to raise academic requirements for future licensed professionals – Raise the Bar – and for your infrastructure advocacy ideas.
Grants are awarded at two levels, and your Section or Branch can apply for up to 4 grants (2 large, 2 small):
- Small Grants: Proposals up to $1,500 are eligible for small grants. Small grants are designed for Sections to fund a single component of a larger program or for a one-time expense. An abbreviated proposal and final report is required for small grants.
- Large Grants: Proposals between $1,501 and $5,000 are eligible for large grants. These proposals require a considerable amount of project planning before applying for a large grant and also a more comprehensive proposal and final report than small grant proposals.
The deadline for submitting a 2015 State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) proposal is Monday, November 3, 2014. Detailed information on how to apply is available at http://www.asce.org/spag. Still have questions? Contact Maria Matthews at email@example.com.
How would you use a SPAG grant to raise infrastructure or civil engineering awareness in your community ?