GoVoteNYC Fund Announces $1 Million in Grants for Voter Engagement
(April 26, 2021) New York, NY – The GoVoteNYC Fund in The New York Community Trust has announced $1 million in grants to nine nonprofits for nonpartisan get-out-the-vote education and activities. These nonprofits are trusted messengers within their communities, work in coalition with dozens of groups, and combine organizing with the use of digital platforms to reach close to two million New Yorkers—focusing on those who have not voted in the past or are typically overlooked in the democratic process.
The grantees include: The Hispanic Federation, MinKwon Center for Community Action, New York City Employment & Training Coalition, New York Civic Engagement Table, New York Immigration Coalition, Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition, and the city’s three public library systems—New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library. The groups will conduct intensive get-out-the-vote activities and ranked-choice voting education, produce candidate forums and guides, and deliver language-specific events and materials to diverse New Yorkers. Two nonprofit technical assistance providers—Hester Street Collaborative and F.Y. Eye—will receive grants to support the work of the other organization.
Together, this cohort is working directly with more than 60 community and citywide groups and has a presence in more than 200 neighborhoods. They aim to build off of unprecedented levels of get-out-the-count efforts for the 2020 census and voter mobilization for the November 2020 election, and create a robust nonpartisan infrastructure for consistently high voter participation in the 2021 primaries and future elections.
The donors launching GoVoteNYC aim to address decades of abysmally low voter turnout in New York City’s municipal elections and its consequences for good government. In the last three mayoral elections, one in four registered voters went to the polls. The last time that at least half of all registered voters chose the city’s mayor was in 1993. This year the stakes are high. More than 400 candidates for elected office are pitching their visions for the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the deep inequalities it has laid bare...