Are you working on a nonpartisan election reform campaign?

RepresentUs and the Unite America Fund are proud to announce the second Campaign Accelerator Awards — grants with an average size of $25,000 along with in-kind strategic consulting to support the nation’s most promising nonpartisan electoral reform campaigns.

What it is: A grant competition to supercharge the nation’s 20 most promising electoral reform campaigns.

Who you are: Recent winning campaigns in Alaska and Virginia are models of the type of campaigns the awards are intended to help seed. We’re looking for grantees that demonstrate potential to become a viable campaign by the end of 2021 to pass laws through ballot measures or legislative campaigns between 2022 and 2024. We are not looking to fund well-established national, state and local groups that have a significant existing funding base. The ideal candidates for the Awards are a cross-partisan mix of volunteers who have identified a prospective team who they would hire as initial paid staff / vendors with a viable vision of what the path to victory looks like to win passage of a statewide law via ballot measure or legislation to adopt Ranked Choice Voting, Open Primaries, Vote by Mail or Anti-Gerrymandering by 2024.

How to apply: Fill out the brief application form at this link.

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What you could get: On average, $25,000 in seed money, along with in-kind strategic political and policy guidance and select asset and service development. Promising applications will be invited to submit more detailed information about their campaign.

Deadline to apply: March 22, 2021

Next steps:

By the end of March 2021, RepresentUs and the Unite America Fund will review all applications, then invite the most promising prospective grantees to submit a 2-page backgrounder by April 16, 2021. The 2 page backgrounder will need to include:

  • Individual and / or organization bios / background / history
  • Project goal
  • Project proposed timeline
  • Project history (action, investment, media coverage, etc.)
  • Project’s current case for investment (if exists)
  • Project’s current campaign plan (if exists)
  • Project’s current budget (if exists)
  • Project’s decision making / governance structure
  • Project’s point of contact(s) for compliance and treasurer (or who will likely serve in those roles if not yet appointed)
  • Bank wiring information instructions or other instructions for making a financial contribution to the project

In late April 2021 and early May 2021, RepresentUs will invite a smaller group of applicants to participate in interviews by phone or video conference. Award winners will be notified by mid-May 2021.

Questions? Email us at acceleratorawards@represent.us. Check out last year’s winners here.

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