Advocacy and Civic Engagement in Florida

Type of Activity: Project
Grantee: Florida Rising Inc.
Amount: Updated to $625,000 in 2023

What is Florida Rising?

Florida Rising is a people-powered organization made up of members advancing economic and racial justice across Florida. The organization seeks to decisively shift power towards justice in the state by developing community leaders who can shift power by organizing year-round, building trust, growing a grassroots membership base, and cutting across issue silos. Florida Rising works to make the political process and our democracy accessible to communities that are often marginalized and ignored, and to help communities bring changes by organizing multi-racial movements to win elections, change laws, and create a state where everyone can be safe, happy, healthy and whole.

Why do we think this project is important?

Formed in 2021, the organization leads independent year-round organizing, intersectional coalitions, and centers women of color leadership and Black and Brown voices. Florida Rising organizes to significantly expand democracy in communities that have been historically marginalized, excluded, and silenced, by engaging voters in their day-to-day generative themes and issues.

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting Florida Rising? 

In 2023 an amendment was approved to increase the amount of the grant by $375,000 for a total of $625,000.

In 2022, Democracy Fund Voice approved a one-year grant of $250,000 to support Florida Rising Inc.’s voter protection, voter education, lobbying and policy advocacy, and accountability work.