Wednesday, July 12, 2006


GRANTS: Sunlight Foundation offers up to $5K to better connect with Congress

One of the leaders of the Internet presidential campaign strategy of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean -- Zephyr Teachout -- has become national director of the Sunlight Foundation's "Sunlight Network." Sunlight Network is offering "mini-grants," in the $1,000 to $5,000 range, for local orregional nonprofit organizations and non-affiliated groups that haveinnovative approaches to strengthening the relationship between membersof Congress and the citizens they represent. Grants will be made available on a rolling basis starting July 15 based on a one-page summary application which should be sent to Teachout at For hypothetical examples of what Sunlight is looking for, go to:

The Sunlight Foundation is a 501 (c)(3), according to its website, is "aiming to use the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure great transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. it has funded The Institute on State Money and Politics,, Room Eight,, the Congresspedia project of the Center for Media and Democracy, the Center for Responsive Politics, OMB Watch and the Project on Government Oversight.

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