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Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits to Encourage Young Adult Involvement in the Upcoming Election

Civic Engagement and Get Out the Vote


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Geographic Focus
USA: Connecticut: Hartford and Greater Hartford towns

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/30/24
Deadline: 02/20/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations for initiatives that promote young adult involvement in local elections in eligible regions. Funding is intended to encourage young adults to register and vote. Priority will be given to activities that engage underrepresented voters including people of color, particularly Black and Latine communities, and people ages 18–29. Eligible activities take place in Hartford.

The Hartford Foundation’s 2024 Civic Engagement and Get Out the Vote Request for Proposals is a nonpartisan effort to engage underrepresented voters, particularly among historically disenfranchised community members. Research shows consistently low rates of voter registration and turnout among particular populations in the region, referred to as “underrepresented voters.” This proposal is in alignment with the Hartford Foundation’s Civic and Resident Engagement outcome team’s mid-term outcome to help improve residents’ ability to influence government and other institutional decision-making bodies.

Grants will be considered for projects that can help increase voter registration and participation in Hartford or the Greater Hartford presidential election. Preference will be given to the following:

  • Organizations and groups that are Black or Latine led
  • Organizations and groups with proposed activities that are focused in Hartford neighborhoods or Greater Hartford towns demonstrating low voter registration and/or engagement.

Examples of nonpartisan activities eligible under this grant opportunity include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Nonpartisan debates, forums, and voter guides
  • Voter registration
  • Voter Education (e.g., sharing information about the voting process and elections)
  • Raising awareness on voter issues (e.g., housing, education, etc.)
  • Participating in “Get Out the Vote” activities on Election Day
  • Providing supports to remove barriers to voting on Election Day (e.g., transportation to polling locations)
  • Assisting voters with disabilities, language barriers, or in need of special assistance to participate
  • Publicizing a voter information line or website to help answer questions about early voting or polling
  • Sponsoring a candidate forum for all the candidates on the ballot
  • Other related civic education efforts that promote civic engagement


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Under IRS guidance, public charities (all 501c3 nonprofits) can engage in voter education and mobilization activities, provided these activities are conducted in a nonpartisan manner that is not biased in favor or against any particular candidate or political party.

Non-501c3 community-based groups may apply using a fiscal sponsor that have 501c3 status.

Foundation funds cannot be used to support activities that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring or providing a benefit to a candidate, group of candidates, or political party.

In most cases, organizations currently receiving core support or multi-year project grant funding from the Hartford Foundation during the Civic Engagement GOTV RFP grant period will be ineligible to apply.

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Foundation will host an information session on January 30 at 1:00 p.m. for nonprofits and community groups to learn more about the 2024 grant opportunities and how to best position your application.

Register for this info session:

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Release Application: January 16, 2024
- Applications Due: February 20, 2024
- Award Notifications: April 2024
- Election Day: November 5, 2024

If your organization has received a grant through a 2023 RFP, please contact Cynthia Wills before applying.

Each organization is invited to submit one proposal.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $25,000

Term of Contract
Spring through fall of 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Eligibility and other program-related questions can be directed to Cynthia Wills at

Any technical questions regarding completing the online application should be directed to Grants Administration at

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
10 Columbus Boulevard,8th Floor
Hartford CT 06106

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