Civic Engagement Funding Opportunity: Get Out The Vote

Jul 07, 2018

Get Out the Vote: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s (FCCF) new civic engagement grants program.  This nonpartisan initiative from FCCF is designed to fund efforts to increase voter registration and information access for all County residents, particularly those who are historically disenfranchised. FCCF’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program offers support to nonprofits and other groups to boost local efforts to engage underrepresented voters in Fairfield County. Organizations eligible to apply with FCCF must support voter registration in general, not just with select political parties or candidates. See below for full details. Applications are no longer being accepted.

FCCF GOTV’s objectives are to increase voter engagement and participation and improve models for nonprofits and other groups to register and engage voters in ongoing activities. The purpose of the grant is to support organizations in reaching individuals whose voices are underrepresented in the political process, connect them to upcoming voting opportunities via nonpartisan voter engagement activities, and provide information on additional opportunities to have their interests represented.

The grantees are from across Fairfield County and many serve multiple areas in the region. They include:

– Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
– Bridgeport Generation Now
– Burroughs Center
– CT Nonprofit Alliance
– Domus
– FaithActs
– Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County
– Housatonic Community College
– League of Women Voters Bridgeport
– League of Women Voters Northern Fairfield County
– League of Women Voters Norwalk
– League of Women Voters Stamford
– Make The Road CT
– NAACP Norwalk
– National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
– Norwalk Community College
– YWCA Darien/Norwalk
– YWCA Greenwich

Examples of nonpartisan voter engagement activities include (but are not limited to):
– Voter registration (new voters)
– Voter activation (updating voter registration or registrant education)
– Enlisting new/existing voters in signing “pledge to vote” cards or other commitment tools; and other related education efforts that promote civic engagement

Grantee participants will receive and/or benefit from:
– A $1,000 civic engagement grant
– One peer learning activity/brainstorming session (to occur in late August)
– Opportunities to shape Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s first cross-county National Voter Registration Day Event on Tuesday, September25, 2018
– Recognition as a partner on our website and during our National Voter Registration Day events

For More Information:
Please contact Sharon Jones at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation at 203.750.3219 for more information or with questions. Thank you for your interest in increasing civic engagement in our county.

Note on Confidentiality: This is a voluntary opt-in citizenship activity. Individuals are voluntarily asked to register to vote or pledge to vote in the general election. All contact information is kept fully confidential.