27 Oct 2020

2020 Get Out the Vote & Voter Education Grant Partners

Voting is a fundamental part of our democracy, inviting citizens to have a say in the people who represent them and the issues that impact them. Voting rights in the U.S. have not always been equally accessible. African Americans, and women of all ethnicities have fought especially hard to have their voices heard. Today, in Florida and other states, Returning Citizens (formerly convicted persons) are still actively disenfranchised from full participation in voting. Studies have demonstrated that voter outreach efforts by nonprofit and community-based organizations increase the likelihood of people to vote.  These organizations can often effectively connect with populations with a history of lower voter turnout.

Guided by our values of Reverence, Stewardship, Integrity, Justice, Safety, and Commitment to Those Who are Poor, Allegany Franciscan Ministries supports Voter Registration, Voter Education, and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts. In the 12 months leading up to the November 2020 elections, Allegany awarded $148,000 in grants to 12 organizations that reached out to specific communities and populations in Florida, particularly focusing on low-propensity voters and those individuals who may feel their voice has not been heard. Some of these grants also supported Census 2020 Outreach (see Allegany’s separate report on Census 2020 Outreach funding).  The list of grants can be found below.

New Florida Majority, Miami, FL
Florida For All – Education Fund Empowerment Plan, $25,000
A coalition of community organizers executing a voter empowerment program for Black and Brown voters in Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, Alachua and Leon counties. The program focuses on voter education and voter protection. It promotes vote-by-mail, combats disinformation, highlights important dates and election day COVID- 19 Safety. Additionally, there will be recruitment efforts for poll workers & poll monitors for polling locations in Black and Brown Communities at historically problematic polling locations.   https://newfloridamajority.org/

Student Public Interest Research Groups, Boston, MA
Expanding Student Engagement in Florida $10,000
Support for student campus organizing program in Florida.  Priority area are Zero Hunger, Break Free from Plastics and New Voters Project. The New Voters Project registers and turns out young voters through peer-to-peer contacts.  https://studentpirgs.org/

Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tri-County’s Black Voters “Voting Matters” $10,000
Support for outreach activities for hard to reach voters. Main activities include a contest to engage younger voters, an event focused on gospel music infused with information about the importance of voting and a Black Voters Network commercial campaign targeting areas where there is less enthusiasm about voting. In addition, “Black Votes Matter” flyers will be featured on social media.  https://www.nationalwomenofcolor.com/

Florida Immigrant Coalition, Miami, FL
2020 Get Out The Vote $25,000
Increasing voter turnout of low-propensity voters. The last phase of the campaign targets 512,000 voters in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Volusia, Alachua, Pinellas and Seminole counties. The campaign includes “Make a Plan to Vote,” early voting, and election day phone banking, text messages, earned and paid media.  https://floridaimmigrant.org/

Phrozen Pharoah Foundation, Port Saint Lucie, FL
Census Count and Voter Registration Initiative $10,000
Educate and inform communities in St. Lucie and Martin counties who have shown historically low rates of participation in the US Census and registering to vote. Activities will include in-person educational events, email communications and creation of a web related web page.   https://phrozenpharaohfoundation.com/

CAIR Florida, Tampa, FL
American Muslim & Immigrant Outreach to Get Out the Vote & Participate in the 2020 Census $10,000
CAIR will engage the Muslim community on voting and 2020 Census participation. Underrepresented individuals will be engaged in the short term through get out the vote campaigns then there will be will additional efforts to build civic skills, activism and organizing.  https://www.cairflorida.org/

Equality Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
TurnOut Florida 2020 $10,000

Mail, volunteer phone and text programs, and cutting-edge digital organizing to deliver motivating and mobilizing messages. Campaign is focused on 530,000 pro-equality, low propensity voters.  https://www.eqfl.org/

Urban League of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL
Get Out The Vote 2020 $10,000
Program will include weekly voter outreach events including National Black Voters Registration Day, radio talk shows, sharing information at food distribution sites, candidate forums, and phone banks. Additionally, transportation will be provided for those needing assistance.  https://ulpbc.org/

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, St. Petersburg, FL
Your Vote is Valuable – Your Vote is Critical  $8,000
Church members partner with service organizations to offer educational opportunities to increase voting and encourage participation in the 2020 Census.  https://ima-sp.com/

NETWORK, Washington DC
Nuns on the Bus 2020: The Virtual Tour $10,000
The Virtual Nuns on the Bus Tour includes a series of online events communicating the moral urgency to equip people to talk with friends and family about being a multi-issue voter. Events include town halls, site visits, rallies, and urban/rural dialogue. Additionally, trainings will be offered through a 2020 Election Toolkit. Target states include: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.  https://networklobby.org/

Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality, Tampa, FL
HOPE for Democracy $10,000
The program registers and educates voters in Hillsborough County. Activities include engaging nonpartisan organizations to offer educational sessions to HOPE members and hosting a number of voter registration events. Eleven member congregations are prioritized as they serve communities that have been disenfranchised.  https://hillsboroughhope.org/

The Unique Umbrella Effect, Brandon, FL
The 2020 Census and Voter Registration Outreach Empowerment Campaign $10,000
This coalition of business owners, nonprofit entrepreneurs, and community leaders target individuals (disabled, people with and at risk of criminal records, unsheltered, veterans and others) who experience social and economic barriers that may discourage or even prevent them from participating in the upcoming Census and election process. Activities will focus on educational outreach events. https://www.theuniqueumbrellaeffect.com/