Get Out the Vote: Fairfield County\u2019s Community Foundation (FCCF) is accepting applications for a new civic engagement grants program. This nonpartisan initiative is designed to fund efforts to increase voter registration and information access for all Fairfield County residents, particularly those who are historically disenfranchised. The deadline for applications is July 27, 2018. FCCF\u2019s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program offers support to nonprofits to boost local efforts to engage underrepresented voters in Fairfield County. Organizations eligible to apply with FCCF must support voter registration in general, not just with select political parties or candidates. \u201cThe Community Foundation is excited to offer this innovative opportunity in our region. The \u00a0objective of the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) program is to increase civic engagement and improve models for nonprofits to register and engage voters,\u201d said Mendi Blue-Paca, vice president of Community Impact, Fairfield County\u2019s Community Foundation. \u201cThese grants will bolster organizations that are giving a voice to individuals who are underrepresented in the political process.\u201d \u00a0 Examples of nonpartisan voter engagement activities include (but are not limited to):\u2028 Voter registration (new voters); Voter activation (updating voter registration or registrant education); Enlisting new\/existing voters in signing \u201cpledge to vote\u201d cards or other commitment tools and other related education efforts that promote civic engagement. Grantee participants will receive and\/or benefit from: A $1,000 civic engagement grant One peer learning activity\/brainstorming session (to occur in late August) Opportunities to shape Fairfield County\u2019s Community Foundation\u2019s first cross-county National Voter Registration Day Event on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 Recognition as a partner on our website and during our National Voter Registration Day events For details on how to apply and for the terms of the grant for Get Out The Vote, go to https:\/\/fccfoundation.org\/civic-engagement-funding-opportunity-get-out-the-vote\/\u00a0or contact Sharon Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. This grant cannot be used to endorse or denounce a political party or candidate. All contact information is kept fully confidential.