Thursday, April 30, 2009

West Coast Poverty Center Small Grants Program


Applications due Friday, June 5, 2009, 5:00 p.m.

The West Coast Poverty Center (WCPC) at the University of Washington (UW) invites applications for grants through its Poverty and Policy Small Grants Program. The WCPC Poverty and Policy Small Grants program supports new and continuing research on poverty and poverty-related policy with national and/or west coast relevance. Scholars working on topics relating to poverty and policy in any discipline are encouraged to apply. The Center will award grants of up to $15,000 for research on topics relating to the causes, consequences and effective responses to poverty in the U.S. Of particular interest are proposals that address:

• Changing labor markets and their consequences for economic security and social well-being

• Changing patterns of work and family life, and the consequences of transformations in family formation, employment, and caregiving arrangements for the economic security of parents and children

• Changing demographics and their implications for poverty and public policy, including issues of race, ethnicity, gender and immigration

• The performance of the safety net in the current recession

• Regionally-focused research examining poverty and anti-poverty policy in the west coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California

WCPC Poverty and Policy Small Grants will fund reasonable research expenses such as data or software purchases, research assistance, research-related travel, relevant supplies, academic year and summer salary, and/or statistical or other consulting, to a maximum of $15,000.

Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches are all encouraged as are submissions from scholars in any discipline. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and an appointment with an academic institution or nonpartisan research institution.

For the complete RFP and an information flyer, please see the attached files or go to our website at

The West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington is a regional hub for research, education, and policy analysis leading to greater understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and the effects of public policy on poverty. Core funding for the Center is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.