We’re excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 Voter Education Fund. King County Elections and Seattle Foundation are awarding $460,000 in grants to increase voter engagement in underserved communities.
Organizations encouraged to apply include, but are not limited to, those serving communities of color, limited-English speaking communities, people with disabilities, low-income youth, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and people who have been convicted of a felony.
While applications are open to all organizations that serve historically disenfranchised communities, this year the Voter Education Fund is placing a special emphasis on engaging people experiencing homelessness and people who have been convicted of a felony. We want voter outreach efforts to emphasize that 1) voters who lack stable housing don’t need a traditional residential address to register to vote in Washington State and 2) the voting rights of citizens convicted of a felony are automatically restored once they’re no longer under Department of Corrections supervision.
Community-based organizations 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.
The Voter Education Fund successfully launched last year, awarding $435,000 to 30 community-based organizations throughout King County. Grantees created voter engagement campaigns and hosted multiple events, including voter registration drives, ballot parties and widely-attended candidate forums.
The application period for the 2018 Voter Education Fund is open from February 6 to March 5, 2018. Organizations interested in applying can download an application or apply online.
RSVP here to attend one of three upcoming information sessions:
- Thursday, February 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Technology Access Foundation’s Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th St, Seattle, 98146
- Friday, February 23, from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Kent Centennial Building, First Floor Conference Room, 400 W. Gowe St, Kent, 98032
- Monday, February 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. at The 2100 Building, Community Room B, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144