Fw: CTCNet/Forum MIRA RFP (fwd)

H. C. Covington (ach1@sprynet.com)
Mon, 9 Nov 1998 00:45:39 -0600

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For immediate release and distribution

   CTCNet and the Civil Rights Forum to Distribute $70,000
         to Rural Community Technology Centers for
            Telecommunications Policy Projects

The Community Technology Centers' Network (CTCNet) and the
Civil Rights Forum, as part of a grant from the Kellogg
Foundation's Managing Information with Rural America (MIRA)
program, are overseeing the distribution of $70,000 over the
remainder of 1998 and 1999.  These funds will be distributed
at periodic deadlines in the amount of $1,000-3,000 per award
for community center-based projects involving students and
participants in rural job training or literacy programs, 4-H
or Boys and Girls Clubs, libraries, Indian councils, multi-
service agencies, community cable access centers, health
centers, community networks, or other similar efforts.
The purpose of the grants is to support the involvement of
these participants in telecommunications and information
management policy decisions.

The grants are based on the idea that low-income and other
disenfranchised people in rural communities who have had some
experience with computers and the Internet are well positioned
to advocate for the benefits of telecommunications and other
information management policies that support technology
equity and universal service.  CTCNet affiliates, MIRA clusters
of community teams, and other low-income center-based education
and access programs are all well qualified to argue that funds
and other kinds of support are important in helping this
constituency become involved in these policy processes and

Current CTCNet rural affiliates are eligible to apply for
these grants, and rural programs not currently CTCNet members
are encouraged to join and apply.  Non-rural CTCNet affiliates
that have a clear rural impact and/or partner will also be

Applications should describe a telecommunications policy
project or other project effecting information management
in rural communities that a community technology center
wishes to undertake either as a stand-alone effort or one that
is integrated with an on-going program.  Projects can range from
public policy advocacy and grassroots organizing, to research
and analysis, to efforts that build the capacity of those who
are not ordinarily involved in public policy.  As an example of
the latter, a literacy program may involve participants in a
letter-writing effort to state legislators or regulators
considering establishing a state universal service fund and
thereby meet literacy as well as public policy goals.

Applications should include
1) a statement of the rural information management problem to
   be addressed
2) description of the target audience to be involved
3) description of the project that will address this problem
4) expected outcomes from the project
5) description of organization's qualification
6) description of involvement of other partners in implementing
   this project.

Evaluation will be based on:
1) relevancy of community problem to broader rural issues in
   information management
2) capacity of the project to educate target audience and
   involve them in policy activities
3) technical and practical feasibility of the project
4) effectiveness of the project in addressing the stated problem
5) appropriateness of the match between organization and project
6) involvement with other community partners and constituents.

Award winners will be expected to publish final reports on their
web site within one month of the project's completion.  CTCNet
will provide space on its web site for any organization
without a web page of its own.

The application should include a project budget as well as
inclusion of any special technical assistance needed.
Applications are limited to 1,000 words to be preceded by a
project summary of no more than 100 words and may note additional
material that can be found on web sites and elsewhere.
Applications should be submitted electronically to
ctcnet@edc.org by December 15th.  In this first cycle, grants
totaling $15,000--in awards of $1,000-3,000--will be announced
in early February.  Additional cycles and deadlines will be
announced at later dates.  Applicants may submit up to two
proposals per cycle.

For further information about these awards, see
http://www.ctcnet.org/mira or contact CTCNet public policy
project coordinator Peter Miller at peterm@ctcnet.org.


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Peter Miller
CTCNet public policy project


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