Frequently Asked Questions
What civic activities is Politisit supporting?
Politisit is working to get as many people engaged from as many backgrounds as possible. Civic activities are actions that identify and address issues of public concern. The main purpose is to increase public discourse about issues.
This is a non-partisan effort, and requests from a wide-array of civic engagement activities will be considered as long as the purpose of the activity does not violate the goals and principles of Politisit. The goal is to enhance community engagement and increase civilian participation in government decision-making and other community activities.
Can you give examples of civic activities Politisit supports?
Yes! Please remember these are just some examples. Please contact us if you would like to know if the event you are considering attending qualifies.
Talk to your elected official
Testify at a legislative hearing
Observe a budget committee meeting
Attend civic activism training
Volunteer on an oversight committee
Attend a school board meeting
Go to your neighborhood association meeting
Work on a non-profit advisory committee
Who should apply?
Parents and other caregivers of minors who want to become more civically engaged.
Politisit’s goal is to get more voices to the table, facilitating communication. This can be in the form of individual requests and requests by groups furthering civic engagement activities.
Politisit will prioritize requests from those with greatest need and least civic engagement experience.
At this time we are focused on civic engagement in Oregon by Oregonians. Once a successful program model has been established, we will look to expand to other states.
What does Politisit not support?
Politisit will not supporting messages of or activities that support racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, or other forms of hatred.
Activities associated with a job, internship, or other employment are not eligible.
Protest activities and marches are not included in our funding priorities.
Since this is a 501(c)(3), there are legal restrictions for use. Elected officials may not use this service for activities related to his or her elected position, nor may those running for office utilize Politisit.
Are there any other limits to using Politisit?
Yes, each client will be limited to $200 or 15 hours, whichever comes first, in childcare funding requests per month. Please also remember that Politisit is a non-profit, so we consider our priorities and available funding when considering each request.
What costs will Politisit cover?
Politisit will reimburse for childcare costs while the parent or caregiver is at a civic activity. Politisit will also cover the babysitter costs the are incurred during travel time to and from the civic activity, as long as it is reasonable. When requesting funding, the breakdown between activity and travel time will assist us in determining what we will approve.
What is the childcare reimbursement rate?
Since you set up the childcare, that babysitter’s pay is determined by you. Bear in mind, though, that Politisit will only pay childcare fees consistent with average rates where the client resides.
How do I make a request?
Tell us you want to start using our service by filling out this application form. We will let you know if you are approved to be part of this scholarship program.
Fill out this event request form with event information at least 72 hours before the event. We will let you know if we can fund your request.
All requests must be made at least 72 hours prior to the event. Retroactive requests will not be considered.