Make Democracy Work: Grant applications

(school and groups of schools) Civic Education

Taft Institute welcomes schools and teachers to our civic education programs by offering up to $1,000.00 for those conducting a workshop at a school, local, state, or national conference on Social Studies/Civics, with a theme centered on “Making Democracy Work”.

All programs and projects should be developed in accordance with the new NCSS ‘arc of inquiry’ standards for social studies education, (see website for a copy of the standards. The project must advance democratic education and remain nonpartisan in character/

Schools and teachers that wish to sponsor teacher and student projects, provide civic workshops for departments within or across districts, and develop programs with community links, should consider writing a brief proposal for a program to qualify for the $1,000 budget.

Proposals should explain in a paragraph or two how they relate to and express the theme: Make Democracy Work.

Preference will be given to proposals dealing with current events, contemporary problems, and the issues of the day, not U.S. historical development, unless well justified.

Programs typically might discuss different political philosophies and/or party cooperation, competition, or conflict, an upcoming election, or a current community problem, like housing or homelessness. Issues should be specific, and accompanied by a short description of the plan for carrying out the project.

There should be a clear goal and a brief evaluation, e.g., examining the role of the Supreme Court decisions in supporting or complicating the election process.

Evaluations might use a survey student and teacher views on the success of the workshop, or sample of teacher and student opinions as essays or videos .

​Proposals should include the following:

  1. Title and Topic/Project Leader
    2. Names of Proposers and a brief vita of qualifications
  2. School address and reachable telephone
  3. Goals of the proposal that will help make democracy work (one or two paragraphs) and projected dates for completion (Calendar)
  4. Brief Description of the activity: workshop, curriculum development, film analysis, book review, etc.
  5. A list of books, readings, films, and other materials used in the project
  6. Method and example for assessing the impact of the program (one or two paragraphs) A video would be welcome, but not required.
  7. A paragraph wrapping up the experience with feedback samples answering “How did it go?”, from teachers and students.
  8. Budget in brief e.g., equipment, stipends, materials and books, reproduction of new lesson plans, etc.
  9. Signatures of proposers

Applications should be made online or by mail at least 12 weeks ahead of the event by following the application process shown below:

Email to the attention of:

Michael Krasner (

Jack Zevin (