Voter Education Fund
Improving voter access in underserved communities
A government, philanthropic and community partnership to remove barriers to voting in diverse communities.
King County Elections and Seattle Foundation will award a total of $400,000 in grants to community-based organizations to provide either a 9-month campaign or a series of smaller events focused on one or more of the following:
- Basic education about how voting works in King County, such as who is eligible to vote and what is vote-by-mail.
- Voter registration.
- Non-partisan opportunities for communities to come together and educate themselves about what’s on the ballot.
- Technical assistance in navigating the voting process, such as helping voters change their address or language preference.
Who should apply?
Any organization that works to reduce inequities in voting access in historically marginalized communities. This includes, but is not limited to, communities of color, limited English speaking communities, people with disabilities, low-income youth, veterans, the homeless and reinstated voters who have been convicted of a felony.
Organizations are more likely to be successful if they:
- Are led and staffed by individuals reflecting the ethnic and cultural communities being served; and
- Have a history or demonstrated ability to reach, convene and engage members from the communities they serve, especially as it relates to voting access.
All activities must:
- Create community interest in participating in elections and voting.
- Be non-partisan, free and open to all members of the public.
- All applicants must be open and inclusive, actively engage diverse community members who live in King County.
- Occur within King County limits.
Type of funding available
There are two levels of funding within the Voter Education Fund:
Campaign Level – Up to $25,000
Organization provides a campaign for up to nine months with a variety of approaches to engage voters or potential voters in the community.Apply for campaign level funding
Event Level – Up to $10,000
Organization provides a series of smaller events to engage voters or potential voters.Apply for event level funding
|April 3, 2017||Program launches and application period opens.|
|April 11, 2 - 3:30 p.m.||Funding workshop to learn more about the program and get technical assistance at The 2100 Building, Community Room B, 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144 . RSVP today!|
|April 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m.||Funding workshop to learn more about the program and get technical assistance at the Technology Access Foundation’s Bethaday Community Learning Space, 605 SW 108th Street, Seattle, 98146 . RSVP today!|
|April 20, 2 - 3:30 p.m.||Funding workshop to learn more about the program and get technical assistance at the Kent Commons, Mill Creek Room, 525 4th Ave N, Kent 98032 . RSVP today!|
|May 2, 2017||Application period closes.|
|June 1, 2017||Funding award decisions announced.|
|Week of June 12, 2017||Training for organizations receiving funding.|
For questions or assistance please contact:
King County Elections