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Voter Education Fund

Grants to King County, Washington Community-Based
Organizations to Improve Voter Participation and Engagement

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Seattle Foundation and King County Elections

Conf. Date:

03/25/19

Deadline Date:

04/01/19 Emailed by 5:00 PM PDT or Received by Date

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 and grants of up to $40,000 to King County, Washington community-based organizations for campaigns and events to improve voter participation and civic engagement within marginalized communities. Organizations will receive funding for activities and outreach for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles.

King County Elections and Seattle Foundation will award grants to community-based organizations that provide either an ongoing campaign or a series of events focused on one or more of the following:
- Voter education or outreach informing underrepresented communities about how voting works in King County, such as who is eligible to vote, what is vote-by-mail, and democracy 101.
- Voter registration activities where underrepresented communities work, play or connect.
- Nonpartisan opportunities for communities to come together and educate themselves about what’s on the ballot.
- Culturally appropriate technical assistance in navigating the voting process, such as helping voters change their address or language preference.

The Funders are prioritizing applications that are:
- Led and staffed by individuals reflecting the ethnic and cultural communities being served;
- Showcase a history or demonstrated ability to reach and engage members from the communities, especially as it relates to voting access; and
- Have a plan for engaging first time voters, youth of color, people with disabilities, African Americans, Native Americans, and historically marginalized communities in South King County.

For information about grant types, see: https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/prog/VEF_2019_2020/.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184047

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$950,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Campaign Level Funding – Grants will range up to $40,000 ($20,000 per year for two years).
- Capacity Level Funding – Grants will range up to $15,000 ($7,500 per year for two years).

Term of Contract:

Selected organizations will be funded for two years and are expected to do voter outreach and activities for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Voter Education Fund will provide grants to organizations that work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, limited English speaking (LES), LGBTQ residents, formerly incarcerated individuals, and residents in South King County.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you are considering applying for the Seattle Foundation/King County Elections upcoming two-year cycle of the Voter Education Fund, please join for one of two public information sessions. At these sessions the Funders will address the grant program requirements, funding timeline, examples of successful grant applications, and answer any questions. The Funders want to hear how this funding can further the work of your organization and the communities you serve. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Please note: attending one of the public information sessions is not mandatory, but is encouraged as a comprehensive way to get all the necessary information.

Wednesday, March 13, 3-4:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
104 17th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144

Monday, March 25, 12-1:30pm
Kent Regional Library
212 2nd Ave. N.
Kent, WA 98032

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/20192020-voter-education-fund-information-sessions-registration-56537034793

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be completed online by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2019. Alternatively, if the proposal is mailed, it must be received no later than April 1, 2019.

Final grant amounts will be determined based on the proposed scope of work in relationship to both the number of voter engagement events hosted and the size of those events.

To see application questions, see: https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/prog/VEF_2019_2020/.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application: https://seattlefoundation.smapply.org/acc/r/?g=52568

Proposals must be completed online by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2019.

Alternatively, if the proposal is mailed, it must be received no later than April 1, 2019 at:
Seattle Foundation
1601 Fifth Ave.
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA 98101

For additional questions, please e-mail Jonathan Cunningham at j.cunningham@seattlefoundation.org or Giselle Zapata-García at Giselle.Zapata-Garcia@kingcounty.gov.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington: King County