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The United States Constitution requires the residential population of the country be counted every 10 years. A complete and accurate count is vital for communities. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs. The number and distribution of elected officials are based on Census data. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments use Census data to identify community needs and evaluate solutions to difficult problems.
The Census has historically missed certain communities – communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children – at disproportionately high rates. Being under-counted deprives communities of equal representation and private and public resources.
Communities at Risk of Being Under-counted:
· Communities of color
· Non-English speakers
· Low-income persons
· Persons experiencing homelessness
· Undocumented immigrants
· Young children
· Persons with mental or physical disabilities
· Persons who do not live in traditional housing
· LGBTQIA+ persons
· Highly mobile persons
· Geographically isolated persons
· Physically isolated persons
· Persons who distrust the government
Momentum Nonprofit Partners is offering micro-grants for projects that:
•Are hosted by IRS tax-exempt 501c3 organizations or local Social Media Influencers.
•Engage and educate under-counted communities about the importance of the 2020 Census.
•Familiarize communities with the Census process and changes to the 2020 Census.
•Develop and implement effective strategies to boost Census participation.
The grant categories are:
Census Influencer Honorarium: (Individuals)
Up to $100 to provide an Honorarium to Social Media Influencers to engage followers in conversation/education about completing the 2020 Census. This includes Live conversations on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms, posting pre-recorded videos encouraging completion of the 2020 census, use of other Social Media platforms to encourage census participation. Honorarium should be used between May and June 2020.
Census Education (501c3 organizations only)
Up to $250 to support the cost of hosting at least one community census education event, including promotional materials and outreach, staff time, moderator fees, etc. Grants should be used between May and June 2020.
Census Mobilization for Culturally-Specific Organizations (501c3 organizations only)
Up to $500 to support the cost of hosting at least two community census education events in our Get Out the Count efforts leading up to 2020 census participation. This might include the cost of promotional materials and outreach for a specific group that are historically under-counted. Grant can be used to cover the cost of staff time, technical assistance for clients, technology, social media ads, videos, etc. Culturally-specific organizations are defined as organizations whose mission is specific to and rooted in an ethnic, racial, or cultural community or communities that has/have been historically pushed to the margins, and whose broadly defined leadership largely reflects the constituents they work with and are rooted in historically disenfranchised communities. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Projects in the following areas will receive priority in the funding determination process:
Impact of Census Participation
A fair and accurate count in Census 2020 is vital for Shelby County. As a trusted member of the communities you serve, you are well positioned to engage on this issue and encourage Census participation.
Equity means recognizing the need to eliminate disparities from historical populations that have been pushed to the margins. It also means the creation of opportunities, sharing of resources, and empowering communities to civic action.
We recognize that there are many different approaches to getting-out-the-count and we value diversity in our funding. We believe that communities most affected by inequity already hold the knowledge of what needs to be done to make sure their communities are counted in the census. We are committed to addressing policies and practices that perpetuate dis-proportionality and believe a focus on equity is a critical strategy.
Get Out the Count Grant Information Calls*
Grant applicants are highly encouraged to contact us to learn more about this opportunity. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to schedule an info-call.