In today’s polarized climate, it is critical to approach difficult issues by coming together and having constructive conversations. Facilitate and host a deliberative dialogue using exclusive Up to Us curated issue guides.

Up to Us has partnered with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIF) to offer a micro grant* of $150 to moderators** who host a forum using one of the following NIF issue guides

  • A House DividedEvery American is affected by the divisions and outrage that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems. This issue guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue.
  • A Nation in DebtThis issue guide asks: What should we do to shrink the national debt? In addressing it, we have many things to con- sider and weigh.
  • Health Care 2020High health-care costs affect all Americans, often in deeply personal ways. This guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. 

In addition to your microgrant, you will receive moderator training tools including tips and tricks for hosting a successful virtual forum and exclusive access to the downloadable NIF guide, all while building the skills to tackle today’s tough issues.

*To receive the funding, apply by May 1, 2021 and host a forum using either the “A House Divided”, “A Nation in Debt”, or the "Health Care 2020" issue guides before June 30, 2021.
**Moderators must be affiliated with an accredited US-based college or university to be considered eligible for the micro grant. A micro grant is available to eligible participants to help support the development and promotion of their event.