CHICAGO, IL – Today, Progressive Turnout Project announced the final round of Turnout Grants, welcoming four additional grassroots groups into the 2022 cohort. This additional funding continues the work of PTP to support direct voter contact and innovative testing in key states through individual grants of up to $250,000.
“While we execute comprehensive, strategic voter contact initiatives on a national basis to rally Democrats to vote in 2022, we want to also support this cohort of nine grassroots groups who have deep knowledge of and relationships with voters in their local communities,” said Alex Morgan, Progressive Turnout Project executive director. “These folks, via impactful, research-driven strategies, will encourage voting in new and innovative ways, complementing the work we do at PTP. We’re excited to collaborate with these incredible organizations as they grow and test their turnout efforts.”
The additional grantees, highlighted below, applied in Spring 2022 and were selected at the beginning of June to receive funding. They are executing programs in North Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, and Georgia.
Started in April 2021, New Rural Project engages young and marginalized residents across rural communities in North Carolina. NRP believes democracy thrives when citizens exercise their civic rights to the fullest possible extent and they are committed to eliminating barriers to engagement. Their programming focuses on connecting and listening to rural stakeholders to develop community-driven solutions.
Their Turnout Grant will support their outreach work in seven rural counties, in particular their work with Native Lumbee and Black voters in Robeson County.
PTP is thrilled to partner with an important local organization developing innovative voter programming in key areas across North Carolina.
Founded in 2015, Georgia Shift is a leading non-partisan organization giving young people a seat at the table of democracy. They focus on providing hands-on education and direct action opportunities to young people across Georgia.
As part of their commitment to supporting young voters of color, Georgia Shift is launching a new initiative this August, partnering with four HBCU campuses across the state. Their Turnout Grant will fund the hiring of paid campus fellows as well as a campus organizer. This organizer will support the training of student cohorts, and the implementation of campus specific voter engagement plans.
PTP is excited to partner on this innovative HBCU program, combining voter contact and leadership development.
A project of the Navajo County Democratic Party (founded 2008), Northeast Arizona Native Democrats started their work in 2019 focusing on working with the nine sovereign nations in Arizona’s CD2, LD6, and LD7 districts. They organize and support Native voters and allies on tribal lands and in rural Arizona. Their innovative Family Votes program works to address voter suppression laws and challenges related to redistricting.
Their Turnout Grant will support the Family Votes program, in particular their Matriarch Organizing. This program will recruit and train 100 Matriarchs from Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and surrounding Tribal Nations to register their families to vote, as well as educate extended family and Clan members, and help the larger community make plans to vote.
PTP is excited to partner with an innovative Indigenous led grassroots organization like the Northeast Arizona Native Democrats, who understand that engaging tribal and rural voters is critical to Arizona’s electorate.
PLAN Action started their 501(c)(4) arm in 2015, providing information, resources, training and education, organizing skills, leadership development, lobbying, and electoral advocacy to their Nevada members and community. Working primarily with people of color, young, immigrant, and Native voters, PLAN Action works to transform progressive ideas into policy. They partner with Nevada leaders, progressive candidates, and other organizations.
PTP is happy to support PLAN Action’s Rural Organizing Weekends in three counties that have historically been left out of the Nevada political landscape. This new initiative will test a creative voter contact plan and deepen relationships with voters in these key areas.
Progressive Turnout Project is the largest voter contact organization in the country, specifically dedicated to mobilizing the Democratic Party and defending democracy. Our mission: Rally Democrats to Vote. Since 2015, our trained field staff, fellows, and volunteers have made more than 59 million voter contact attempts across 39 states. PTP is grassroots funded, with more than 2.3 million unique donors and an average contribution of $19.13.