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Mini-Grant Opportunity for Forum Members: Fair Representation in Redistricting

United Philanthropy Forum has received a grant from the Fair Representation in Redistricting initiative, to offer mini-grants for our regional and national PSO members to engage foundation members around education and investment in fair representation and redistricting efforts. This will include providing $2,500-$5,000 grants from a pool of $50,000 in 2020 that will enable Forum members to educate funders and encourage their engagement in efforts related to fair representation and redistricting efforts. Funder collaborations and education will focus on the following goals of the initiative:

  • Redistricting processes in targeted states are transparent and include robust public input
    – with particular attention to involvement by historically underrepresented communities
  • All states utilize total population for drawing districts
  • State maps comply fully with the Voting Rights Act

The sessions will not only provide education about the issues but will give practical ideas and guidance for how to engage and fund fair representation and redistricting efforts including grantmaking guides developed by Forum member, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, and other resources from Forum partners. The Forum will amplify the work of grantees by offering opportunities to share their work and learnings across the network to be utilized by all Forum members for ongoing work beyond the targeted states.

KeyElements

  • Conference & Convening Sessions: PSOs will have the opportunity to receive support to host sessions on fair representation and redistricting at their 2020/2021 conference or as a stand-alone program/s. All sessions require that a program evaluation be conducted.
  • Speakers & Content Expertise: The mini-grants will be used to support speakers and content experts for the conference and convening sessions, including stipends if needed; the production of any materials; and staff planning time. The Forum will help members identify content experts.
  • Additional PSO Investment: We ask that if the PSO invests additional dollars and staff time to any programming that they record this so we may report this to the funder however, additional investment is not a requirement for the grant.
  • Primary consideration will be given to PSOs that represent or work in Florida, Mississippi, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina.

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2020

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