Minnesota Census and Democracy Partnership

Minnesota Census and Democracy Partnership

About the Partnership:

After maintaining Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional district by 26 people, the Minnesota Council Foundations(MCF) and Voices for Racial Justice, along with our community partners, are motivated to build on the momentum of the 2020 Census and community-focused redistricting work to support long-term Census and democracy infrastructure and an inclusive democracy that works for everyone.

The Partnership’s four goal areas are:

1. Advancing a more inclusive Census and democracy through education, advocacy, and organizing

  • Educating and advocating on Census and ACS funding and policy improvements that promote inclusion and a full count that captures our country's growing diversity
  • Supporting efforts to protect and improve voting rights and access

2. Centering historically undercounted and underrepresented communities

  • Centering historically undercounted and underrepresented communities, with a focus on Black, Indigenous, Latine, Asian, refugee, immigrant communities to promote inclusive democracy efforts.
  • Supporting and following the leadership of community leaders and using a racial equity lens when engaging on Census and democracy issues, creating partnerships, re-granting resources, and determining priorities.
  • Investing in and supporting long-term engagement in Census and democracy work among historically undercounted and underrepresented communities.

3. Strengthening civic infrastructure in Minnesota

  • Facilitating a successful transition from census and redistricting to a longer-term, inclusive democracy focus via the Minnesota Census and Democracy Partnership, bringing the relationships, leadership, momentum, and organizing work done to date into future Census and democracy-focused organizing and ongoing collaboration.
  • MCF and Voices for Racial Justice will lead around Census and ACS, and support and connect the Partnership to other important democracy issues such as voting rights, redistricting reform, etc.

4. Engaging Minnesota grantmakers

  • Expanding Minnesota philanthropic activity in the democracy arena


Grant Opportunities: 

As part of the Minnesota Census and Democracy Partnership, the Minnesota Council on Foundations is regranting to historically undercounted communities, with BIPOC-led and/or BIPOC-serving organizations being prioritized. These grants are meant to support organizational capacity for continued engagement in Census, ACS, and inclusive democracy work and ongoing leadership in MN’s civic infrastructure. Grantee partners will be expected to engage and participate in the Partnership. This is a one year grant with the expectation that most, if not all, grants will be renewed for an additional year.

Click here to learn more about and apply for the Inclusive Democracy Grant. Applications are open from June 16th through July 18th. 

Get Involved:

To receive future updates about the Partnership, contact May Yang myang@mcf.org