Democracy 2050/We Vote MN Coalition
                                                                               Request for Proposals (RFP)

Demographic trends show that people of color will be the majority in the country by 2043. However, being the “majority” does not guarantee the elimination of the disparities in democratic participation, representation, and access. The only way we begin to eliminate these disparities is taking back our democracy so that we all have a say in the decisions being made that shape the quality of our daily lives. To help our partners build a foundation for a functioning governing majority, Minnesota Voice launched the Democracy 2050 (D2050) project. D2050 entails a long-term focus on community building, connecting issues of concern to participation or lack of participation in democracy, and engaging everyday people in democratic processes starting with voting via our We Vote MN Coordinated Program.

The We Vote MN Coalition is looking to add community groups, nonprofits, and business partners to our coalition in 2018 as we Get Out the Vote in communities of color, low-income communities and among youth. We’re seeking to fund short-term, traditional and non-traditional, voter engagement projects focused on increasing civic participation in these communities. Grant amounts will vary from $1000 to $10,000 and will depend on the scale of the project. Proposals should be no more than 3 pages and include your organizational background, a plan for how you will implement voter registration and voter pledging tactics, goals for number of expected voter registrations and pledges, what success looks like, why you believe this is one of the most impactful ways to engage our priority communities, and a project budget. Organizations hosting We Vote MN Fellows are not eligible to apply.

Submit proposals to Joel Martinez at For questions or more information, please contact Joel Martinez at the above email address with the words “question or information” in the subject line.

2018 We Vote MN Coalition Partners: 
Asian American Organizing Project, ACLU MN, Afro-American Development Association, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, Black Civic Network, CAPI USA, CHAT, Common Cause MN, COPAL, CURE, Every Child Matters, Harrison Neighborhood Association, Hmong Americans for Justice, Lead MN, LWV MN, Legalize It MN, Minnesota Communities Caring for Children, MN 350, NACDI, Navigate MN, New American Development Center, Open Access Connections, Outfront MN, Planned Parenthood, Somali Community Resettlement Services, The Anika Foundation, The Superman Project, Uplift, Urban Homeworks.