Thanks :) I have been wondering where to get some
funding while I find some VCs or aAngel Investors for
VotersDomain.com . I'd like to grow this thing into
something really big and this will help me do that.
--- "Joshua Tauberer / GovTrack.us"
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Grassroots grants available
> Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2006 14:29:31 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Zephyr Teachout, Sunlight Foundation
> Reply-To: zteachout@...
> To: tauberer@...
> Dear Sunlight member,
> Sunlight has mini-grants to give away, and I hope
> you, your local
> nonprofit, or your group of friends, apply for one.
> I know many of you have ideas about how to reclaim
> our representative
> democracy. Maybe your idea is about citizen
> journalism, or about making
> your Congressperson more open or accessible Â an
> idea that you rant
> about over beers with friends, or scheme about with
> your carpool, or
> mull over just before you fall asleep.
> If actually launching the idea would cost $5,000 or
> less (weÂre guessing
> most grants will be in the $1000 to $2000 range) and
> its a project that
> tends toward shifting the power from Washington to
> citizens, submit a
> one page proposal to me at
> zteachout@.... Include a
> budget (including the amount requested from
> Sunlight) and a paragraph
> about the goals and who is involved.
> We just announced the mini-grants yesterday
> and we already received a small pile of provocative
> ideas. I hope you
> add yours to it.
> We welcome proposals from existing small nonprofits,
> local or regional
> chapters of national organizations and groups of
> individuals or
> bloggers. You can ask for a grant to augment
> existing projects or to
> jumpstart new ones. Grants will be made available on
> a rolling basis
> starting July 15.
> If you donÂt have an idea yourself, pass this on to
> a friend who does,
> or to a blogger who can announce it locally.
> Open honest representation is possible Â but we
> donÂt have it now in
> America, and we believe that only citizens,
> connected to each other and
> driven by creativity and will, can make it happen.
> We hope that these
> mini-grants will encourage you in your efforts as
> well as help you
> connect to others. Together we are all more
> If you have questions in the meantime, or
> suggestions of others we
> should reach out to to announce these grants, please
> call Ellen Rice at
> 202-742-1520 or email her at
> I really look forward to hearing from you.
> Zephyr Teachout
> National Director
> Sunlight Foundation
> PS: We don't want to prejudge what might come in the
> door, but here are
> a couple of hypothetical examples that might
> jump-start your thinking:
> An Austin, TX website that aggregates news and
> commentary on local
> issues and blogs about it might seek a grant
> to expand their work
> to cover their Congressional delegation. The
> money they request is
> for travel, a video camera, Lexis-Nexis
> A group of students in Miami want to
> investigate the placement of
> a controversial landfill so they ask for a
> grant to pay for
> research that seeks to show that business
> interests which may have
> supported local politicians may have distorted
> regarding placement of the landfill. Their
> grant funds the
> investigative report and its broadcasting on
> the web.
> Citizen Porkbusters in Kansas wants a grant to
> create an online
> video to educate other citizens about the
> powerful moneyed
> interests behind the promotion of ethanol.
> They plan to place the
> video on YouTube.
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