How We Can Help

We provide discussion guides, how-to handbooks, trainings, and other resources to help you create a more democratic and inclusive community. We invite you to explore the resources on our website and adapt them for the specific needs of your community. You are welcome to contact us any time you have a question about using one of the resources on our website. If you are interested in organizing a large-scale, community-wide dialogue, we may be able to provide assistance in setting up your program.

Most of our assistance takes the form of in-kind “community assistance grants.” That is, we do not charge communities for our assistance, but we ask you to leverage the value of our grant (which we will estimate for you) as you develop a funding base to sustain your work. In addition, because our resources are limited, we ask communities, whenever possible, to help support our travel costs and to contract with one of our senior associates for trainings on a fee-for-service basis.

Our Community Assistance Team provides in-depth, ongoing assistance via phone, e-mail, and (at times) field visits throughout the duration of your dialogue to change program. We consider a number of factors when deciding which communities will receive this customized assistance. We give special consideration to community coalitions that:   

  • are seeking to address a timely issue that affects everyone in the community;
  • are committed to involving all kinds of people in every aspect of the program;
  • are developing clear goals for their community change efforts;
  • are committed to exploring the racial and ethnic dimensions of the issue they are facing;
  • are committed to exploring how to support and implement  key action and change steps that will come from the dialogue;
  • demonstrate an openness to receiving and acting on Everyday Democracy’s assistance;
  • demonstrate a commitment to sharing experiences and lessons with us; 
  • demonstrate a strong potential to fund, staff and carry out efforts.

In addition, we consider geographical diversity of the communities we assist, racial/ethnic diversity of leadership, and a range of issue areas. Please keep in mind that because our resources are limited, we cannot provide assistance to every community that is doing good work. 

If you think that your community is ready to be considered for a community assistance grant, e-mail or call us to schedule a conversation with a member of our Community Assistance Team.    

Mayme Webb Bledsoe of the Duke Durham Neighborhood Partnership Uses Dialogue to Lift Voices in the Duke / Durham Community 

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.