News Release


Instituto, in collaboration with The Movement Voter Project, is proud to announce its Native American Voter Engagement Contest.

In an effort to bolster the civic participation of Arizona tribal communities, Instituto is launching a competition where a $30,000 seed grant will be awarded to an individual or organization generating the most innovative and strategic idea on how to increase Native American voter participation in this year's 2020 elections. Five finalists from the contest will be selected and have the opportunity to present their solutions of increasing voter turnout to a panel of judges via a live virtual showcase on August 20, 2020.

“Native American communities have historically faced significant inequity in voting accessibility, inclusion from the democratic process, and supportive social policies. Guaranteeing Native voices are heard by ensuring their right to vote and that they are included in the political process is one step in the right direction in achieving equity and positive outcomes,” relays Raina Roanhorse, Native American Outreach Specialist for Instituto and of the Native American Voter Engagement Contest.

Pictured: Instituto $30,000 Native American Voter Engagement contest announcement.

Pictured: Instituto $30,000 Native American Voter Engagement contest announcement.

In order to be eligible to participate applicants must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Arizona Tribal members and organizations serving Arizona Native American communities

To apply visit the website or contact Raina Roanhorse at or (505) 350-3978. Applications opened July 9, 2020, and are due at 11:59 p.m. MST to Instituto on August 5th, 2020. 

Instituto is a nonprofit organization working solely to build Arizona-based organizations advocacy capacity as an incubator and accelerator.

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