May 15, 2018
DNC Announces Kansas As Grant Recipient
Topeka, KS – Today the Democratic National Committee announced the Kansas Democratic Party as a recipient of a grant from the State Party Innovation Fund (SPIF), a first-of-its-kind, competitive grant program that incentivizes early organizing through state parties and supports efforts to engage local communities. The Kansas Democratic Party will receive a $50,000 grant, which will be used to help train and engage the next generation of Kansas Democrats. The Kansas Democratic Party is focused on preparing young Kansans through leadership development, new campaign skills, and digital organizing tactics. The grant will also help the Kansas Democratic Party continue their work to help candidates implement new volunteer and voter outreach tactics in rural communities and small towns, run stronger campaigns, and compete in every ZIP code across the state.
“The Kansas Democratic Party is putting in the hard work to deliver the leadership their state deserves,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “We know that if we empower and organize young people, they will be the difference-makers in 2018 and into the future. The DNC is proud to partner with the Kansas Democratic Party to ensure that the state party has the tools, resources, and first-rate staff they need to expand their ranks, engage and mobilize voters in rural communities across the state and lift Democratic candidates running in offices up and down the ticket, across the country to victory in 2018, 2020, and beyond.”
“Kansas Democrats are committed to standing up for working Kansas families and fighting for a stronger future for our state,” said Kansas Democratic Chair John Gibson. “With this grant, we will be able to continue our work to build our base, recruit strong local candidates, invest in training programs, and expand upon our efforts to build stronger relations with young voters and in rural communities. We’re grateful that the DNC shares our commitment and is helping to execute our plan to recruit the next generation of leadership, elect Democrats up and down the ticket, and mobilize voters in every corner of Kansas.”
In addition to SPIF, 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% increase over the base funding levels from 2016 and a 100% increase over 2015, and is based on state-specific strategic plans.