The Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) partners with policy thinkers and doers to amplify their efforts and bridge gaps in policy infrastructure. We act as a connector, convener, and policy entrepreneur across issues and states, translating good ideas to the Southern context. Our goal is to advance policies that improve economic security, healthcare access, and environmental justice for all Southerners.
A NEW INITIATIVE OF SEAP
Our Dollars, Our Dreams is a SEAP initiative that empowers Southern communities to take ownership of the billions in federal funding currently available. By providing research on equity efforts, resources to help partners secure funds and connections between partners to share best practices, the campaign helps level the playing field so communities can secure public dollars to build a better future. We should all have a say in achieving the potential of the South.
We provide pro bono support for Southern organizations, including grant writing, project ideation and management, strategic planning, data and survey collection, performing research, and identifying best practices.
In response to a desire for community building, we are connecting organizations to share tactics, build relationships, and spread innovations.
Our research will study the challenges and needs of small local governments and advocates in accessing federal resources.
SEAP is seeking to connect with Southern-based 501c3s and local governments interested in applying for the EPA Community Change Grant which promotes incorporating climate-friendly solutions to solve tough societal problems and increase community participation in government. SEAP can provide pro bono services that match Southern leaders with specialists who offer a wide range of technical assistance including grant writing, data and research, capacity building and long-term strategic and organizational planning. Fill out our interest form or sign up for office hours to connect with our team and get started!
Are you considering applying for the 2024 Community Change Grant? Our Decision Tree tool is here to help. Designed to align with NOFO1 guidelines, this tool will guide you through a series of questions to evaluate if your project meets the grant’s funding criteria. It’s an effective way to confirm your project’s preparedness, identify areas for improvement, and understand if you’re ready for the grant preparation stage. Discover if your project is a fit for the grant – try our Decision Tree today!
The Our Dollars, Our Dreams initiative is gearing up for its full-scale launch this mid-February. This launch marks the unveiling of an expanded suite of resources and tools designed to transform the landscape of federal funding in the Southern regions. Our Dollars, Our Dreams will provide unparalleled access to technical assistance, network-building opportunities, and vital research insights, all tailored to empower our communities and families. Stay tuned for more details.
LATEST RESEARCH & FEATURED PROJECTS
SEAP FOCUS AREAS
SEAP has a direct focus on 12 Southern states. And while significant wins are happening in each, our team understands the need for more work to be done. Together, we know that progress is possible.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Aligning with its mission and vision, the SEAP seeks out, develops and maintains strong partnerships with hundreds of leaders and organizations throughout the South. From technical assistance to microgrants, SEAP has helped implement policies that improve the quality of life for some of the most vulnerable Southern communities and families.
Hover over your state to see SEAP’s latest impact near you!