The Kresge Foundation’s education program recently announced several grants totaling $1,025,000 to student-centered civic engagement initiatives.
The grants will fund initiatives prioritizing low-income and students of color, especially those attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and community colleges.
According to Kresge, the grant commitments affirm the program’s dedication to elevating the voice and priorities of college students and advocates across the country working to organize, educate and develop civic engagement and voting resources for students, staff and faculty.
“Each of these organizations contribute to an important dimension of advocacy, policy, research and outreach in a time where we are seeing deliberate and systemic attacks on voting rights,” Joselin Cisneros, an education fellow at Kresge and organizer of the grants said. “These barriers make it difficult for students to vote during both presidential and local elections, rolling back the progress many civic rights leaders and organizations have achieved with increased registration and voting by students.”
The grants are being funded through a cross-foundation effort led by Kresge’s Education Program, in partnership with Kresge’s Arts and Culture and Detroit Programs.
Read the full press release.