Do you want to start a civic engagement project, but you're not sure how to begin? Have a great idea, but not a lot of organizing experience? Scroll down for resources to help you design and implement a successful project, or use these quick links to access content.
- Getting Started
- Step 1. Have an Idea
- Step 2. Research Your Project
- Step 3. Consult Stakeholders and People with Experience
- Step 4. Determine Feasibility and Sustainability of Your Project
- Step 5. Write a Description of Your Project
- Step 6. Prepare a Preliminary Budget
- Step 7. Develop a Proposal and Budget for Funders
- Step 8. Recruiting Volunteers and Participants
- Step 9. Publicize Your Project
- Step 10. Project Reporting
- Step 11. Identify/Quantify Impacts
- Detailed Guides
- See Examples
A Step-by-Step Resource for Your Student-Led Project
Civic Engagement Handbook
Step 6. Prepare a Preliminary BudgetPrepare a budget for your project. You should start with a slim budget of absolute necessities, then you build out from there. The budget should be done on a spreadsheet using Excel or similar program using formulas as you build the budget so that you can easily make changes when needed.
To get an idea of how much to budget in various cost categories, talk to organizations, campus staff or local organizations. Consider logistical costs like room rental, transportation, office supplies, project supplies, food, promotional materials, and training costs. Think about how to scale up the budget by anticipating costs for year one into year two.
The budget (and proposal) will be modified as you identify different funders and their interests, but having a general guide helps organizers prioritize services and project goals.
Types of Civic Engagement
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