Turnout Grants

The Turnout Grants Program is a new initiative to expand voter contact and partnerships in 2022. Through this program Progressive Turnout Project provide individual grants of up to $250,000 in early funding to grassroots organizations across the country.

Progressive Turnout Project provides grants to organizations that are already doing voter contact work, and could use funding to expand their efforts in new and innovative ways. Together, this cohort and Progressive Turnout Project will create more innovative strategies to get more of the Rising American Electorate to vote in the upcoming election cycle. The Turnout Grants program complements our existing programming while supporting additional research and building capacity for direct voter contact.

2022 Grantees

Thank you to all organizations that applied this cycle! Over 200 organizations applied for funding and PTP is thrilled to support nine innovative organizations working in key states across the country. You can read more about our selected grantees below!

18by Vote
AZ | FL | GA | NV | WI | PA

18by Vote’s Turnout Grant will help expand their paid youth Civic Leaders training and Civic Organizer programs, connecting with approximately 180,000 youth and new voters across 18 regions.

Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance
Pennsylvania

This Turnout Grant will support the creation and testing of a first-of-its-kind Language Access Center for API PA, committed to making voting accessible by connecting with Pennsylvania voters in over 15 languages.

Focus Action Network + Unity in the Community
Pennsylvania

This Turnout Grant will make possible a new Super Connector program, including hiring and training 150 super connectors to each contact a minimum of 100 voters, then support those voters as they complete voter registration, vote by mail, and GOTV engagement.

Georgia Shift
Georgia

Georgia Shift’s Turnout Grant will fund the hiring of paid campus fellows as well as a campus organizer, in support of their voter engagement work on four HBCU campuses in Georgia.

New Rural Project
North Carolina

New Rural Project’s Turnout Grant will support their outreach work in seven rural counties, in particular their work with Native Lumbee and Black voters in Robeson County.

Northeast Arizona Native Democrats
Arizona

Northeast Arizona Native Democrats’ Turnout Grant will support the Family Votes program — in particular, Matriarch Organizing, to recruit and train 100 Matriarchs from Navajo, Hopi, Apache, and surrounding Tribal Nations in voter outreach.

PLAN Action
Nevada

This Turnout Grant will support PLAN Action’s Rural Organizing Weekends in three counties that have historically been left out of the Nevada political landscape.

Shape Up the Vote
Georgia

Shape Up the Vote helps barbershops and salons participate in relational organizing around elections. Their Turnout Grant will help expand their work, allowing organizers to scale the program and build relationships with around 5,000 barbers and stylists across Georgia.

Voces de la Frontera Action
Wisconsin

VDLFA’s Turnout Grant will help scale and test their relational Super Voceros program, training volunteer leaders throughout Milwaukee and Racine to connect with their personal voter networks.

Events

July 12, 2022

At our first Turnout Grants webinar, Engaging Community: Grassroots Methods for Voter Turnout, supporters met our 501(c)(3) grantees and special guest, Ryan Busse, author of Gun Fight, and heard about their strategies for connecting with voters on issues they care about.

July 27, 2022

At our second Turnout Grants webinar, Engaging Community: Strategies to Rally Democrats to Vote, supporters met our 501(c)(4) and 527 grantees and special guests, including PTP-endorsed candidates Nevada State Representative Cecelia González, and Lt. Governor of Wisconsin Mandela Barnes.

About the Program

Our 2022 program launched in January 2022 with two rounds of grants. The early funding deadline was February 28th, and priority awards were given in March 2022. The grant application closed completely May 1st, and our final awards were granted in June 2022. Turnout Grants 2022 focussed on the following criteria and Key States. You can view this past cycle’s application questions and supporting materials below.

Organizations interested in applying in 2022 needed to meet the following criteria:

  • History of local voter contact work with specific communities.
  • Well-developed plans to use funds to expand organizational capacity.
  • Have 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 527, PAC, State PAC, or Super PAC status. This grant program is not for candidate or party committees.

Priority consideration was given to organizations that are:

  • Testing innovative new voter contact strategies.
  • Executing voter contact programs in Progressive Turnout Project’s 2022 Key States: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Questions

Questions about the Turnout Grants Program can be directed to emily.kowey@turnoutpac.org.