Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Education Fund

Type of Activity: Project Grant
Grantee: Tides Foundation
Amount: $200,000 in 2018-2019

What is the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Education Fund? 

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Education Fund (FRRCEF), a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Foundation, is a grassroots, membership organization run by returning citizens who work to promote ex-felon re-enfranchisement and successful re-entry into society. Their work supports the implementation of voting rights restoration in Florida following the passage of Amendment 4. 

Why do we think this project is a good idea? 

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Education Fund (FRRCEF) leads the movement to restore voting rights to 1.6 million nonviolent ex-felons in Florida. We believe this is a tremendous opportunity to allow these citizens to fully participate in American democracy by removing barriers to registration and voting. Research suggests that restoration of voting rights has multiple effects on individuals and society, including more effective re-entry and decreased recidivism.

With Democracy Fund’s support, FRRCEF is addressing implementation of the law, communications around the benefits of the law, and other important efforts of FRRCEF. 

How is Democracy Fund Voice supporting the project? 

In 2018, Democracy Fund Voice approved a grant to FRRCEF’s fiscal sponsor, the Tides Foundation, in the amount of up to $200,000 over two years.