Apply to WPI-Local 2020-21

WPI-Local is a year-long policy advocacy fellowship that delivers trainings and tools, builds networks, and develops leadership to win local policy campaigns and to build power throughout California! It is designed for advocates who want to enter the halls of power on behalf of their community to make an impact through policy advocacy. To apply you will need a team of three or four collaborators and an idea for a local-level policy project that will advance racial, economic and gender justice.

WPI is inclusive of all communities affected by gender-based oppression and discrimination, including self-identified women, women of color, immigrant women, and trans and gender nonconforming people. The 2020-21 program is open to teams from any county in California. The fellowship is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Learning Objectives 

By participating in the WPI-Local program, our fellows will:

  • Learn the history and context of local governments in California and understand the role and authority of the different governing bodies, their services and responsibilities, and their budgets and budget processes; Understand how state government, including the state budget, impacts local governments and understand when to use state policy advocacy to push or leverage local policy
  • Develop relationships with key local policymakers, government employees and allied advocates
  • Conduct policy research and produce a policy platform presenting the problem and policy solutions for the issues they’re focusing on with sample letters of support
  • Develop power maps that analyze the political landscape around their issue and feed into campaign development
  • Host a community event—working with grassroots communities and coalitions—to move their policy solutions onto the policy agenda
  • Create a statewide peer learning environment among local-level advocates
  • Join a network of more than 500 community and nonprofit leaders who have already graduated from WPI-State and WPI-Local and are currently working in public policy at the local and state levels. 
  • The WPI-Local fellowship will encourage the fellows to continue working together after the program ends on their policy projects.

Important Dates

  • Application Release: Thursday, January 9th, 2020
  • Online Application Due: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 12pm PST
  • Application Status Notification: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
  • Informational Calls: Sign up for one of the below informational webinars

Before starting your WPI-Local application, please read the full application instructions in English or in Spanish.

Check out the application requirements in both English and Spanish.

Por favor mande un correo electrónico a WPI@womensfoundca.org para recibir una copia de este documento en español. 

We encourage you to contact Program Manager Elizabeth Ayala with any questions or concerns and to discuss your team’s application.

Begin the Application

Applicants are required to read the application instructions PDF.  Once reviewed, an applicant can begin an application in the online portal.