The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (Foundation) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has announced the opening of a new series of grants through the Vote Your Voice initiative.
Donor Name: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grants: $50,000 to $500,000
Grant Duration: 2 years
These grants, called Field Strengthening Grants, will support organizations based in communities of color that encourage people to exercise their right to vote, advocate for voting access and make their voices heard in democracy.
Vote Your Voice is supporting groups based in communities of color to galvanize people to exercise their right to vote, advocate for voting access, and encourage full civic participation, so people, particularly communities of color, can make their voices heard and shape their own future. Vote Your Voice supports organizations working in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Vote Your Voice will provide grants to organizations in five Southern states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi – to boost voting rates and increase civic participation among communities of color. Vote Your Voice is particularly interested in work with voters of color often not well covered by large voter outreach campaigns, including young voters of color (ages 18 – 35) and voters of color in non-metro areas.
- Voter registration and mobilization activities among voters of color, particularly those facing significant barriers to participation, such as young people, voters in non-metro areas, returning citizens, those who have been purged from voter rolls and infrequent voters generally not contacted by the major campaigns.
- Civic engagement activities, such as educating community members about voting rights policies and other policy issues that affect their lives, organizing community members to weigh in on policy issues, facilitating dialogues with community members and their elected representatives, and preparing community members for leadership roles in civic and public life.
- Efforts to protect voting rights and ensure full access to voting as well as voting rights restoration for formerly incarcerated individuals.
- Research to deepen understanding of effective voter and civic engagement outreach methods and messages.
- Typical grant amounts will range between $50,000 to $500,000. Grants may be for one or several years.
- The average grant period is two years.
Successful proposals will demonstrate the following:
- A track record of impact in encouraging voter participation among communities of color;
- A clear plan and timeline for the organization’s proposed activities and measurable goals;
- Organizational capacity to implement the proposed plan of action;
- A plan to track outreach activities and impact, including if possible, voter registrations achieved and voter participation among those targeted;
- A commitment to learning from other initiative participants as well as best practices in the field to improve on the organization’s approaches for greatest impact; and
- A commitment to conducting wholly nonpartisan voter registration and voter mobilization activities, and an understanding of what is legally permissible.
For more information, visit Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.