Equitable Civic Engagement and democracy-building can mobilize and build movements beyond our imagination. Here are the action steps we have taken to move towards a more equitable and democratic community.
Shifting power and agency to historically disenfranchised or marginalized communities.
The advancement of non-partisan equitable civic engagement in Cleveland.
Increasing the capacity of local non-profits to participate in democracy-building activities.
Providing education, training, resources and technical assistance for local non-profit organizations.
Convening conversations and providing tools to build internal capacity for voter mobilization efforts.
EQUITABLE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FUND
Advancing Equitable Civic Engagement is about bridging resources, identities, and organizations to a greater purpose of reclaiming our narrative. The purpose of the Equitable Civic Engagement Fund is to provide grants to nonprofit organizations committed to educating, connecting and empowering voting age residents in the Greater Cleveland area. We seek organizations that are committed to democracy building, racial equity and participatory practices. Ultimately, we seek to shift power while catalyzing innovation and inclusive strategies to strengthen the social fabric of our community.
APPLY TO THE FUND!
In 2021, we disbursed 30 grants totaling $195,000 to nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that facilitated a wide range of democracy building work in Cleveland. The purpose of the Equitable Civic Engagement Fund is to provide organizations, with varying levels of capacity and experience the ability to resource their equitable civic engagement strategies. While some of our grantee partners solely focus on voter engagement, many of our partners are multi-issue organizations that speak to the intersectionality of our work, as well as broader democracy building efforts. Our 2022 Equitable Civic Engagement Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released on Monday, May 9, 2022 and the deadline to apply is Friday, June 3rd. Please note, this is the only RFP that will be issued in 2022. Please click on the link below to learn more, receive details about our Technical Assistance sessions and apply! If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you like for Cleveland VOTES to speak at your upcoming engagement?
Join the Movement - Cleveland VOTES Background and Introduction
Election Station - Key facts about Upcoming Elections and Dates
#Commit2CLE - Review of 2021 Toolkit's best practices and case studies
Nonpartisan Education: ACTivating your Organization to Nonpartisanship.