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State Public Affairs Grant (SPAG) Program

  • Many ASCE Sections undertake media relations and government relations outreach projects at the state and local level, and the State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG) Program is here to help. 

  • The State Public Affairs Grant program offers merit-based awards for innovative projects that leverage the existing efforts of the Section/Branch. SPAG was created in 1997 as a resource to help ASCE Sections and Branches undertake public affairs and government relations advocacy projects at the state and local level.

    Through SPAG funding, the opportunities for innovation are boundless. SPAG has helped Sections and Branches develop projects that make a difference within the civil engineering community. SPAG is a great resource for Sections and Branches looking to expand their existing efforts, and support civil engineers as leaders and experts on America’s vital infrastructure systems. Funding priority is given to new proposals that best support the government relations and public affairs goals of the Society and have a measurable impact on a desired audience.

    The ASCE fiscal year 2020 budget, effective October 1, 2019, does not include funding for State Public Affairs Grants (SPAG). To assist in the coming year, ASCE has public relations and government relations expertise on staff ready to help you with the promotion and execution of your upcoming initiatives, including State Infrastructure Report Cards and legislative outreach events.

    Traditionally, Sections/Branches may submit up to two applications per grant cycle – requesting up to $2,500 per application. If more than one application is submitted, the Section/Branch may prioritize their preferences for funding. You may view the 2018 program guidelines for more detail.