Participatory grant making is a concept that can support decentralized decision making, shared power, and racial equity in Extension programming. The underlying philosophy of participatory grant making is to empower individuals and communities with flexibility and support to make collective decisions about financial resources. In this article, we draw on our experiences and provide concrete examples to demonstrate the power of this model for improving Extension programming and internal procedures. We conclude that the concept could be adapted for an array of financial decision-making settings to help Extension stay relevant and rooted in the communities we serve.
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Harden, N., Bain, J., & Heim, S. (2021). Decentralize Your Dollars: Incorporating Participatory Grant Making into Resource Allocation Decisions. The Journal of Extension, 59(3), Article 11. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.03.11