The League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) is pleased to announce a 2018 Youth Voter Registration project. As part of this project, LWVEF will award pass-through grants to state and local Leagues to undertake voter registration activities in high schools, community colleges and alternative/vocational schools in underrepresented communities. Grant applications are due by midnight December 13, 2017 and grant decisions will be announced before the holidays.
The League of Women Voters has long been concerned about the rate at which young people participate in voting and more broadly in our democracy. Americans under the age of 30 remain severely underrepresented in the electorate, and the disparities in youth voting grow even wider when looking at young people of color and low income youth, as well as those with no college experience. Voter registration, and particularly voter registration reaching these most underrepresented young people, is the key to reversing this trend.
Leagues’ grant proposals will be evaluated based on the expected breadth and impact of their voter registration events, the estimated number of voters they plan to register, the strength of their plans to collect registrant contact information and follow up with registrants for future voter education and get-out-the-vote, and past experience engaging young voters. State and local Leagues up-to-date with their PMP are eligible to receive grants. LWVEF will only consider applications targeting at least five schools. Grant amounts are generally in the $500-$1000 range.
Pass-through funding will help support such things as League staffing/intern programs and volunteer recruitment, signs and banners, travel, expenses associated with the registration events, any required state or local voter registration training, educational materials and follow-up communications with registrants.
We are pleased to also share a sample successful grant application to help guide applying Leagues' planning. See the pdf download below.
We have changed our pass-through grant application process! Please complete your application via our online form here (email Maggie Bush, mbush at lwv.org, with any questions):