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Making Policy Public

Opportunities to New York Advocacy Groups and
Designers to Collaborate on a Public Policy Publication

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Funding Source:

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Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Deadline Date:

08/19/19 12:00 PM EDT


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Opportunities to New York community organizations, advocacy groups, and designers to collaborate on a Public Policy publication. Applicants must be available to meet in New York City to address complex public policy issues that would benefit from a visual explanation and where the lack of understanding of a specific issue is leading to social injustice.

Making Policy Public is a series of foldout posters that use graphic and information design to make complex public policy topics more accessible and engaging to communities impacted by them. CUP publishes four issues each year.

CUP is seeking collaborators for the next four issues of Making Policy Public. Making Policy Public is an eight- to ten-month long collaboration of CUP staff, a designer (or design team), and an organization advocating for community change, resulting in the creation of a foldout poster that breaks down a complex policy issue.

CUP seeks community and advocacy organizations who are working to address policy issues that would benefit from a visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. It seeks groups who work directly with the constituency impacted by these issues and who can distribute the completed Making Policy Public directly to that audience.

CUP seeks talented graphic designers, illustrators, and infographic designers with an interest in bringing unique visual solutions to the design challenges presented by complex policy issues. Designers collaborate with CUP and an advocacy organization to create great design that has a social impact.

CUP defines public policy broadly. Topics can address policies (for example, rent stabilization law), systems (for example, how juvenile justice works), or processes (for example, applying for asylum). The explanation of the policy, system, or process must meet a social justice goal and the needs of an underrepresented community (including low-income or immigrant communities, and communities of color, among others).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145204

Number of Grants:

Four teams will be produced from advocacy groups and designers.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Collaborators will participate in an eight- to ten-month long collaboration.

CUP manages the collaboration, oversees all aspects of production, provides art direction, research, copywriting, and additional support as needed.

Advocates will receive 1,000 free copies of the foldout poster to distribute directly to their constituents, and the opportunity to order additional posters at cost, at the time of printing.

Designers will receive an honorarium of $5,000.

CUP will publicize the projects and promote them for design awards and press.

Term of Contract:

Two of the projects will begin in January 2020, and the other two will begin in April 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CUP seeks submissions from community and advocacy organizations and designers.

Organizations that have already participated in the Making Policy Public program may not reapply for three years.

Designers of any discipline or professional status are eligible. Both individual designers and teams of designers are encouraged to apply. Students may apply if they have a portfolio of professional-level work and will complete their studies before the beginning of the Making Policy Public collaboration phase.

Members of the board and staff (and immediate family members of board and staff) of the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the immediate family of the Making Policy Public jury are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications from designers is August 12, 2019, at 12:00 PM EDT. The deadline for applications from organizations is August 19, 2019, at 12:00 PM EDT.

No responses to inquiries will be answered after August 5th.

Organizations may submit more than one entry on different topics, but no more
than one will be selected.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, contact:

232 Third Street, D201
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 596-7721

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York