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Making Policy Public Grant

Opportunity for New York Organizations, Groups, and
Designers to Collaborate on Public Policy Publications

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Foundation / Corporation

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Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

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Deadline Date:

09/14/20 12:00 PM EST


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Opportunity for New York community organizations, advocacy groups, and designers to collaborate on public policy publications. The purpose of this program is to address complex public policy issues and to promote social justice. The publications focus on systems, policies, and processes that need visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. The Foundation 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. Applicants must be able to attend meetings in New York City.

CUP is seeking collaborators for the next four issues of Making Policy Public. Making Policy Public is an 8-10 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 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, immigrant, and communities of color, among others). 

In addition, 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 social impact. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145204

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Advocates will receive 1,000 free copies of the foldout poster to distribute directly to their constituents, and have the opportunity to order additional posters at a discounted 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:

Each project team engages in an 8-10 month collaborative process. Two of the projects will begin in January 2021, and the other two will begin in March 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only applications from community or advocacy organizations are eligible. If you are not part of an organization, but have an idea for a topic, the Foundation encourages you to find an organization that is working on or interested in this issue and bring the Making Policy Public program to their attention.

- 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.
- Because of the intensive nature of Making Policy Public collaborations, CUP strongly encourages designers to apply as a team. Interdisciplinary teams (designers, illustrators, photographers, etc.) are also encouraged.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation will be holding a webinar on August 4th at 1pm EST to walk applicants through the application process. To register:

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Application Schedule

-July 23, 2020: Call for proposals posted
-September 14, 2020, 12 PM EST: Deadline for applications from organizations and designers
-January 2021: Poster collaborations announced

Applicants must be able to attend meetings in New York City, though they need not be based in New York City.

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USA: New York City;   New York

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