Voter Education Fund Application 2019-2020
Organizations can apply.
Opens Mar 4 2019 12:00 AM (PST)
Deadline Apr 1 2019 05:00 PM (PDT)
Description

Voter Education Fund 

Improving civic engagement in diverse communities


Seattle Foundation and King County Elections are partnering to increase engagement and voter participation through the Voter Education Fund. The partners have committed $950,000 in grants over the next two years to organizations working to address low voter turnout within marginalized communities. Selected organizations will be funded for two years and are expected to do voter outreach and activities for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles. 


Purpose

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, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, limited-English speaking (LES) communities, communities of color, formerly incarcerated individuals and residents in South King County. Applicants can apply for up to $40,000 to develop and implement a strategic ongoing campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $15,000 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; 
  • 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. 

FUNDABLE ACTIVITIES

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. 


GRANT TYPES

Organizations are invited to apply for funding in one of two categories through the Voter Education Fund:


1. Campaign Level Funding – grants will range up to $40,000 ($20,000 per year for two years).


Campaign Level Funding will support organizations that provide ongoing voter registration and education activities throughout 2019 and 2020. Grantees are expected to offer a variety of approaches to educating and engaging voters or potential voters in their community throughout the next two years. Organizations should consider applying for this level of funding if they have prior experience doing successful non-partisan voter engagement work within marginalized communities.


2. Capacity Level Funding – grants will range up to $15,000 ($7,500 per year for two years).


Capacity Level Funding will support organizations that are newer to this work who aim to provide a smaller series of targeted events for potential voters in 2019 and 2020. This is intended to grow the capacity of organizations representing historically low voter turnout communities who desire to increase their capability of doing effective, non-partisan voter registration and education work. 

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. All grantees will be required to attend specific cohort meetings throughout each year. All grantees will have the opportunity to participate in technical assistance training and have access to capacity building workshops. 

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUSLY FUNDED ACTIVITIES


Campaign Level examples

Capacity Level examples

·  Leading ongoing voter education work in underrepresented communities, including regular programming and a series of engagement events across multiple election cycles. 


·  Integrating voter education and registration activities into the daily programming operations of direct service organizations.


·  Hosting a series of phone banks, candidate forums, ballot parties and/or Get out the Vote activities throughout King County to increase voter participation.

·  Hosting a culturally specific non-partisan ballot party to encourage voter participation within limited English-speaking communities. 


·  Tabling at a series of existing community events to encourage voter registration or participation. 


·  Developing creative outreach tools, such as a social media campaign or a voters’ guide for a specific community. 




NARRATIVE QUESTIONS

The tables of questions are separated by Campaign Level and Capacity Level. 

Here are the Narrative section instructions and questions in case your organization would like to prepare before logging in: 


CAMPAIGN LEVEL

Make sure that the responses are relevant and complete. The suggested length in responding to the narrative section is 4 pages. Total score = 100 points.

Section

Questions

1. Target population/ community (25 points)

     1. Describe your target population(s).
     2. What significant role or gap within the community do you seek to fill and how would the community benefit from increased voter education, outreach and engagement?
     3. What specific strategies will your organization use to engage this population/community in voter education activities throughout 2019 and 2020? 

2. Capacity and experience (25 points)

     1. Does your organization have experience doing voter engagement with the target communities? Please describe.
     2. How does your organization’s leadership reflect the race, ethnicity, and languages spoken with the community you are targeting?
     3. Please list the number of staff and/or volunteers your organization will commit to doing this work if your application is funded.

3. Tracking progress (10 points)

     1. How will your organization track information and evaluate progress and/or success?

4. Field Plan (20 points)

     1. Complete the field plan in the application. List as many activities as your organization expects to deliver throughout 2019 and 2020. Listed activities for 2020 can be general for now and will need to be updated mid-cycle.
  5. Budget (20 points)
        1.  Complete the budget in the application. Please do not enter commas into the budget grid. 



CAPACITY LEVEL

Make sure that the responses are relevant and complete. The suggested length in responding to the narrative section is 3 pages. Total score = 100 points.


Section

Questions

1. Target population/ community (25 points)

  1. Briefly describe the community(-ies) your organization intends to serve with this funding and the barriers they face to voting and civic engagement. 
  2. What specific strategies will your organization use to engage this population/community in voter education activities throughout 2019 and 2020?

2. Capacity and experience (25 points)

  1. Please describe your experience doing voter engagement with the target communities. If little to no experience, please describe other experience your organization has that will lend itself to this work. 
  2. How does your organization’s leadership and staff reflect the race, ethnicity, and lived experience within the community you are targeting? 

3. Tracking progress (10 points)

  1. How will your organization track information?

4. Budget (20 points)

  1. Complete the budget in the application. Please do not add any commas in the budget grid. 
  5. Field plan  (20 points)
            1. Complete the field plan in the application. List as many activities as your organization expects to deliver throughout 2019 and 2020. Listed activities for 2020 can be general for now and will need to be updated mid-cycle.



HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Please note that in order to begin the application, applicants must have an Organization account already set up in Survey Monkey Apply. If you cannot see the "Apply" button already, please register as an Organization account.

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   


INFORMATION SESSIONS

For those interested in learning more, please use this link to RSVP for one of the optional information sessions. We will attempt to offer ASL interpretation to any parties that need it for the March 25th public info session if you let us know in advance. 


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


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




Apply

Voter Education Fund Application 2019-2020


Voter Education Fund 

Improving civic engagement in diverse communities


Seattle Foundation and King County Elections are partnering to increase engagement and voter participation through the Voter Education Fund. The partners have committed $950,000 in grants over the next two years to organizations working to address low voter turnout within marginalized communities. Selected organizations will be funded for two years and are expected to do voter outreach and activities for the 2019 and 2020 election cycles. 


Purpose

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, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, limited-English speaking (LES) communities, communities of color, formerly incarcerated individuals and residents in South King County. Applicants can apply for up to $40,000 to develop and implement a strategic ongoing campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $15,000 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; 
  • 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. 

FUNDABLE ACTIVITIES

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. 


GRANT TYPES

Organizations are invited to apply for funding in one of two categories through the Voter Education Fund:


1. Campaign Level Funding – grants will range up to $40,000 ($20,000 per year for two years).


Campaign Level Funding will support organizations that provide ongoing voter registration and education activities throughout 2019 and 2020. Grantees are expected to offer a variety of approaches to educating and engaging voters or potential voters in their community throughout the next two years. Organizations should consider applying for this level of funding if they have prior experience doing successful non-partisan voter engagement work within marginalized communities.


2. Capacity Level Funding – grants will range up to $15,000 ($7,500 per year for two years).


Capacity Level Funding will support organizations that are newer to this work who aim to provide a smaller series of targeted events for potential voters in 2019 and 2020. This is intended to grow the capacity of organizations representing historically low voter turnout communities who desire to increase their capability of doing effective, non-partisan voter registration and education work. 

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. All grantees will be required to attend specific cohort meetings throughout each year. All grantees will have the opportunity to participate in technical assistance training and have access to capacity building workshops. 

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUSLY FUNDED ACTIVITIES


Campaign Level examples

Capacity Level examples

·  Leading ongoing voter education work in underrepresented communities, including regular programming and a series of engagement events across multiple election cycles. 


·  Integrating voter education and registration activities into the daily programming operations of direct service organizations.


·  Hosting a series of phone banks, candidate forums, ballot parties and/or Get out the Vote activities throughout King County to increase voter participation.

·  Hosting a culturally specific non-partisan ballot party to encourage voter participation within limited English-speaking communities. 


·  Tabling at a series of existing community events to encourage voter registration or participation. 


·  Developing creative outreach tools, such as a social media campaign or a voters’ guide for a specific community. 




NARRATIVE QUESTIONS

The tables of questions are separated by Campaign Level and Capacity Level. 

Here are the Narrative section instructions and questions in case your organization would like to prepare before logging in: 


CAMPAIGN LEVEL

Make sure that the responses are relevant and complete. The suggested length in responding to the narrative section is 4 pages. Total score = 100 points.

Section

Questions

1. Target population/ community (25 points)

     1. Describe your target population(s).
     2. What significant role or gap within the community do you seek to fill and how would the community benefit from increased voter education, outreach and engagement?
     3. What specific strategies will your organization use to engage this population/community in voter education activities throughout 2019 and 2020? 

2. Capacity and experience (25 points)

     1. Does your organization have experience doing voter engagement with the target communities? Please describe.
     2. How does your organization’s leadership reflect the race, ethnicity, and languages spoken with the community you are targeting?
     3. Please list the number of staff and/or volunteers your organization will commit to doing this work if your application is funded.

3. Tracking progress (10 points)

     1. How will your organization track information and evaluate progress and/or success?

4. Field Plan (20 points)

     1. Complete the field plan in the application. List as many activities as your organization expects to deliver throughout 2019 and 2020. Listed activities for 2020 can be general for now and will need to be updated mid-cycle.
  5. Budget (20 points)
        1.  Complete the budget in the application. Please do not enter commas into the budget grid. 



CAPACITY LEVEL

Make sure that the responses are relevant and complete. The suggested length in responding to the narrative section is 3 pages. Total score = 100 points.


Section

Questions

1. Target population/ community (25 points)

  1. Briefly describe the community(-ies) your organization intends to serve with this funding and the barriers they face to voting and civic engagement. 
  2. What specific strategies will your organization use to engage this population/community in voter education activities throughout 2019 and 2020?

2. Capacity and experience (25 points)

  1. Please describe your experience doing voter engagement with the target communities. If little to no experience, please describe other experience your organization has that will lend itself to this work. 
  2. How does your organization’s leadership and staff reflect the race, ethnicity, and lived experience within the community you are targeting? 

3. Tracking progress (10 points)

  1. How will your organization track information?

4. Budget (20 points)

  1. Complete the budget in the application. Please do not add any commas in the budget grid. 
  5. Field plan  (20 points)
            1. Complete the field plan in the application. List as many activities as your organization expects to deliver throughout 2019 and 2020. Listed activities for 2020 can be general for now and will need to be updated mid-cycle.



HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Please note that in order to begin the application, applicants must have an Organization account already set up in Survey Monkey Apply. If you cannot see the "Apply" button already, please register as an Organization account.

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   


INFORMATION SESSIONS

For those interested in learning more, please use this link to RSVP for one of the optional information sessions. We will attempt to offer ASL interpretation to any parties that need it for the March 25th public info session if you let us know in advance. 


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


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




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Organizations can apply.
Opens
Mar 4 2019 12:00 AM (PST)
Deadline
Apr 1 2019 05:00 PM (PDT)

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