The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $130,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), a small organization focused on voter turnout and voting rights, for general support. FRRC plans to use this grant to hire a deputy and an administrative staff member. FRRC has spent several years working to build support for a ballot initiative to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people in Florida, and we hope that this grant will enable it to do this work more effectively.
We previously recommended a grant to FRRC in August 2016.
This is a discretionary (formerly called “no-process”) grant. For discretionary grants, the grant investigator (in this case Chloe Cockburn, our Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform) can recommend the grant without needing to go through our normal process of providing their reasoning, discussing with the team, and providing input on and review of our public page. These grants are limited to a relatively small proportion of our grantmaking, and some other stipulations apply to what types of grant are eligible. The overall aim is for us to be able to move forward on relatively small and low-risk grants, based purely on the judgment of a single staff member and with minimal delay.