New Livable Lives Initiative offering faculty project grants

The Livable Lives Initiative at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work invites University faculty to apply for grants to support projects that move forward the thinking, research, advocacy and policymaking directed toward achieving livable lives.

The Brown School’s Center for Social Development (CSD) is providing administrative and material support to launch this initiative with resources made possible by the Ford Foundation.

“These challenging economic times demand new thinking about practices, programs and policies that allow individuals and families to lead stable, secure and satisfying lives,” said Edward F. Lawlor, Ph.D., dean and the William E. Gordon Professor.

“Washington University is well positioned to play a significant role in this effort, and we hope this initiative will become a University-wide undertaking. I am pleased that CSD is able to play a lead role in launching this important work,” Lawlor said.

The initiative will provide up to six grants of $5,000 each. The grant application deadline is Sept. 30.

The Livable Lives initiative has four main goals:

• document conditions that may inhabit or promote the achievement of livable lives;

• formulate and test innovations;

• inform policies and practices that lead to more livable lives; and

• study impacts of these policies and practices.

All applicants and anyone interested in learning about the Livable Lives Initiative are invited to attend a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at Whittemore House.

To RSVP and to receive a Request for Proposal, contact Carrie Freeman, CSD administrative coordinator, at by Aug. 24.