Recognizing that organizations cannot effectively bridge the broad political divide alone, the Bridge Alliance is awarding up to $1 million in Collective Impact grants in 2017 to enable its member organizations to better collaborate on ways to fix political processes on the local, state and national levels.
Initial grants, totaling $300,000, will be awarded in early 2017, with additional awards to follow financed in partnership with Invest America Fund and others.
Projects which can yield short-term results will be given priority along with those focused on sustaining ongoing process improvements and on strengthening the cross-member work of the Alliance itself.
Collective Impact proposals under review address areas such as:
- Seeking ways to support and encourage candidates to run for office who may not have strong financial backing or political party support;
- Supporting action to promote civil discourse, such as training state legislators from across the country on effective dialogue across party and policy lines;
- Developing teaching tools to demonstrate potential and possibilities of civil discourse to the next set of American voters: high school and college students;
- Bringing “strange bedfellows” together for conversation and policy discussion;
- Enabling organizations and members to find and connect with individuals or other groups with opposing views willing to discuss both policy and process;
- Identifying tech tools for people to connect with each other and strengthen ties between the government and the people they serve;
- Utilizing technology and robust social media tools to help make citizens’ voices more readily heard;
- Exploring options to increase voting opportunities such as open primaries, rank choice voting and other process changes and improvements;
- Sharing best practices to build grassroots movements.