Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) announced via its website that it has launched a new grant with a goal to increase civic participation among Latino communities in the U.S. The statement on its website reads, in part:
“In this volatile political climate, where Latinos and immigrants are being attacked, HIP believes it is imperative for philanthropy to make investments that increase civic participation across our communities. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of the Latino Civic Participation Grant. This grant pool is aimed at supporting and strengthening locally-focused Latino nonprofits to ensure that Latinos play a critical role in civic life.
Grassroots groups and nonprofit organizations are using diverse strategies to build political power within the Latino community in places with limited financial and electoral influence to advance supportive policy change. There are a number of ways to help create a culture of civic engagement, including leadership development, community organizing, voter activation, census participation, and organizational development. This work requires connecting the need for civic participation to issues and real-life problems facing Latinos and all Americans, while redefining how leadership is defined and understood.”
HIP is now accepting applications of interest from organizations in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina. Grant awards are expected to be between $10,000 and $25,000. Preference will be considered for organizations that can secure matching funds. Selected organizations will then be invited to complete a full application.
The Latino Civic Participation Grant encourages potential applicants to consider the following civic participation activities:
- Increasing year-round, integrated civic participation of Latinos and progressive social change
- Inspiring and educating residents to become active, knowledgeable voters and participants in civic life
- Organizing to ensure the 2020 Census is inclusive of Latino and immigrant communities
- Inventive, creative solutions that expand civic participation for Latinos
- Non-partisan forums or engagement opportunities for the public
- Eliminating voter registration barriers and furthering access to voting
- Other forms of advancing public will and civic life
Applications of interest must be submitted by September 17, 2018.
Find out more here.