KDP will receive innovation funds from national party

05/10/2018 12:36 PM

The Democratic National Committee is sending $30,000 dollars in an effort to help the Kentucky Democratic Party reach new voters, organize and update their voter files.

The KDP revived the first-of-its-kind grant known as the State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), that incentivizes early organizing through state parties and supports efforts to engage local communities, according to the national party.

The Kentucky Democratic Party will receive $30,000, which will be used to expand engagement efforts in key communities this election cycle, and beyond. Key areas they are expected to engage include rural, millennial, and African-American voters.

“Kentucky Democrats have been working tirelessly to organize in every community, and mobilize voters in every election,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez in a statement. “With this grant, we’re leaving no stone untouched by making sure that Kentucky Democrats have the tools they need to organize key constituencies. Good old-fashioned organizing combined with innovative digital outreach efforts will guarantee that we’ll be fighting for every vote across the state. The DNC is proud to partner with the Kentucky Democratic Party through this grant to expand our engagement in every single ZIP code in Kentucky.”

Perez visited the state last year, along with former presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in Louisville.

Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Ben Self said the state party is decicated to growing the grassroots in the commonwealth.

“This SPIF grant shows that the DNC is committed to ensuring we in Kentucky have the resources necessary to reach out to all voters, and we have seen investments pay off in places like Alabama,” Self said. “As Democrats, we know that it’s not enough to just show up every four years, we need to engage the people of Kentucky year-round in the fight for a brighter future for our state. I want to thank Chair Perez and the DNC leadership for granting this SPIF award and making this goal possible.”

In addition to the SPIF grant, through the DNC’s Every ZIP Code Counts program, state parties have consistently been receiving $10,000 a month since October 2017, which is a 33 percent increase over the base funding levels from 2016 and a 100 percent increase over 2015, and is based on state-specific strategic plans, according to a press release.

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