Published: January, 2010

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) invites applications for a series of grants to pursue education, outreach and constituency building on Social Security in vulnerable communities.  The Ford Foundation has askedNASIto serve as a regranting agent as part of its work on improving long-term economic security for low-income individuals.  The purpose of the project is to support constituency building, education outside of the beltway, and the development of user-friendly, research-based information to strengthen the adequacy of Social Security 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 February 15, 2010.  Interested organizations are encouraged to send a notice of intent to apply by January 26, 2010, to Elizabeth Lamme ( The complete call for proposals is available for download below. 
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Lamme at or 202-452-8097.

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