The Governing Council has approved funding for three years of support to NNER settings to promote local renewal in the midst of leadership and budget changes that affect the local work and structures to advance the NNER mission. In addition, the Governing Council approved funding for regional leadership development and outreach to others that share our commitment to improving our democracy through quality education for all. Three grants in each of these areas will be funded for up to $3000 per year for the calendar years 2013-2015. The attached RFPs have detailed descriptions of the initiatives and application process. Note that there is no timeline, these can be submitted at any time as settings’ schedules for meetings and planning sessions differ and the Governing Council wants to ensure that all interested settings have an opportunity to apply for funding.