Today the Democratic National Committee announced the Florida 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 Florida Democratic Party will receive $100,000, which will be used to expand engagement efforts with Puerto Rican voters across the state in 2018 and beyond.
“Florida Democrats have been working tirelessly to organize in every community, and mobilize voters in every election,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “With this grant, we’re making sure that Florida Democrats have the tools they need to identify and connect with new Puerto Rican voters, and provide them with the support they need as they settle in the Sunshine State. By using innovative digital outreach efforts combined with grassroots organizing, we will be able to reach thousands of potential voters. The DNC is proud to partner with the Florida Democratic Party through this grant to expand our engagement in every single ZIP code.”
“The Florida Democratic Party is dedicated to investing in and growing our grassroots in every community. This SPIF grant shows that the DNC is committed to ensuring we in Florida have the resources necessary to reach out to key voters like new arrivals from Puerto Rico who have been ignored by Donald Trump and Rick Scott,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo. “We have a unique opportunity with this investment to share our message with thousands of potential voters. I want to thank Chair Perez and the DNC leadership for granting this SPIF award and making this goal possible.”
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.