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2018 Voter Education Fund Applications Open

Seattle Foundation and King County Elections will invest $460,000 in grants to organizations that are increasing voter engagement in underserved communities


February 06, 2018

The Voter Education Fund is a government, philanthropic and community partnership to remove barriers to voting in diverse communities. Founded and funded by Seattle Foundation and King County Elections, the Fund is now accepting applications for 2018 grants.

The partners have committed $460,000 in grants to organizations working to address low voter turnout within marginalized communities.

The Voter Education Fund will prioritize grants to organizations that work to reduce inequities in voting access in historically marginalized communities including, but not limited to, communities of color, limited-English speaking communities, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, people convicted of a felony, people with disabilities and low-income youth. Applicants can apply for up to $20,000 to develop an ongoing campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $10,000 to provide a series of targeted events.

We are prioritizing applications that:

  • Are led and staffed by individuals reflecting the ethnic and cultural communities being served;

  • Have a history or demonstrated ability to reach, convene and engage members from the communities, especially as it relates to voting access; and

  • Have a plan for engaging first time voters, individuals experiencing homelessness, people convicted of a felony or young people of color.

The deadline to apply is March 5. 

Please see the full criteria and register to view and complete the online application.

Information Sessions

For those interested in learning more, please consider attending one of the optional information sessions.

  1. Date: February 15, 2018
    Time:
    6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location:
    Bethaday Community Learning Space
    605 SW 108th St, Seattle, WA 98146

  2. Date: February 23, 2018
    Time:
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m
    Location:
    Kent Centennial Building (1st Floor Conference Room)

    400 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032

  3. Date: February 26, 2018
    Time:
    3 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location:
    2100 Building (Community Room B)
    2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

RSVP for any one of the sessions. Questions? Please email j.cunningham@seattlefoundation.org or call 206.515.2109.

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