Published: July, 2010

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) invites applications for a series of awards to pursue education, outreach and constituency building on Social Security in vulnerable communities. With support from the Ford Foundation, the NASI is awarding funds to projects designed to educate Americans most reliant on Social Security about its role in their economic security. The purpose of the project is to support constituency building, education outside of the beltway, and the development of user-friendly, research-based information on the adequacy of Social Security benefits and how these could be strengthened for vulnerable groups, including communities of color, women, people with disabilities, low-wage workers and children. In light of rising out-of-pocket medical costs, declining asset values and job losses, it is more important than ever that groups most reliant on Social Security have their voices heard in policy debates about its future.

NASI anticipates approving several project applications up to a maximum of $100,000. Targeted projects of smaller amounts (e.g., $20,000 to $35,000) are encouraged and will be given special consideration. The application deadline is September 15, 2010. Interested organizations are encouraged to send a notice of intent to apply by August 15, 2010, to Elizabeth Lamme (

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