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Civic Fabric Fund – Voter Engagement


Supporting policy, advocacy and voter engagement efforts


The Denver Foundation is pleased to invite qualified nonprofits working on voter engagement to apply for funding from the Civic Fabric Fund.

Through the Civic Fabric Fund, The Denver Foundation provides nonprofits with funding to support their policy and advocacy efforts, including the critical activities of voter registration and engagement.

Elections allow voters to decide not only on elected officials who will represent them but also on critical state and local housing, education, and taxation policies. State and local lawmakers have made strides in making the voting process more equitable and secure. However, more work is needed to engage growing populations of eligible voters, especially among historically underrepresented groups (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, and Latino/Latina, and those of economic disadvantage). 

Voter engagement grants will support nonprofits’ efforts to register and mobilize new and low-turnout voters from historically underrepresented communities to vote this election year.

Grants from the fund typically range from $5,000 to $15,000.

ELIGIBILITY

  • This funding opportunity is open only to eligible organizations that have been invited to apply by The Denver Foundation. 
  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have an equivalent fiscal sponsor.
  • Your organization must be located in and do work in the seven-county Metro Denver region.

Grant awards given in previous years are no guarantee of future grant awards.

Not eligible for funding:

  • Funding for political and candidate voter engagement efforts.
  • Funding for specific ballot measure engagement efforts.
  • Funding for 501(c)(4) organizations.

Additional information

Within the online application, you will be required to submit

  • Your organization’s mission
  • A summary of your proposed work
  • The dollar amount requested
  • Your organization’s current budget and, if applicable, a project budget 

You will be required to answer the following questions

  • Which populations will your voter engagement program prioritize?
  • What voter engagement tools will you use to increase voter engagement?

About the donor


In 2021, The Denver Foundation adopted a policy framework outlining its efforts to advance systemic change. When creating the framework, the foundation recognized the need to invest in efforts that prioritize the following populations (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, and Latino/Latina, and those of economic disadvantage). Through the Civic Fabric Fund, the foundation provides nonprofits with funding to support their policy and advocacy efforts, including the critical activities of voter registration and engagement.