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King County Elections and Seattle Foundation LogosA government, philanthropic and community partnership to remove barriers to voting in diverse communities.

What we fund

King County Elections and Seattle Foundation will award grants to community-based organizations that provide either an ongoing campaign or events focused on one or more of the following:

  • Voter education or outreach informing underrepresented voters 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.

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, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, limited-English speaking communities, LGBTQ residents, formerly incarcerated individuals and residents in South King County.

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.

Grant types

Organizations are funded at two levels: up to $40,000 to develop a two-year campaign to engage voters or potential voters, or up to $15,000 to provide a series of smaller activities through 2019 and 2020.

2019-2020 Grantees

  • 21 Progress
  • APACEvotes
  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Being Empowered Thru Supportive Transitions
  • Byrd Barr Place
  • Coalition of Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC)
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Entre Hermanos
  • Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle
  • Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center
  • India Association of Western Washington
  • Indigenous Showcase
  • Ingersoll Gender Center
  • Institute for Community Leadership
  • InterIm CDA
  • International Community Health Services
  • Kent Black Action Commission (KBAC)
  • Korean American Coalition—WA
  • Latino Community Fund
  • Living Well Kent
  • Mother Africa
  • Mujer al Volante
  • Muslim Community & Neighborhood Association
  • Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • NAMI Eastside
  • Para Los Niños
  • Progress Pushers
  • Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
  • Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
  • SOAR
  • Tenants Union of Washington State
  • The Vera Project
  • The Washington Bus Education Fund
  • URBVOTE
  • U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle
  • Villa Comunitaria
  • Washington Community Action Network Education & Research Fund
  • West Hill Community Association

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Questions

For questions or assistance please contact:

Giselle Zapata-Garcia
King County Elections
giselle.zapata-garcia@kingcounty.gov
206-263-0104

Jonathan Cunningham
Seattle Foundation
j.cunningham@seattlefoundation.org
206-515-2107

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