Be Counted NW: Census 2020
There is strength in numbers. The more people counted means more power and money for Michigan residents. Michigan stands to lose an estimated $1,800 per person per year in federal support for programs that use census data.
Networks Northwest, in partnership with the Michigan NonProfit Association, is supporting local efforts for a complete and accurate count and to promote census and civic participation throughout our 10 County Region.
APRIL 2020: That's when our next Census will occur. The United States Constitution requires that the residential population of the country be counted every 10 years. A complete and accurate count is vital for communities. Census data is used to distribute funding for road repairs, school improvements, and social programs. The number and distribution of elected officials are also based on Census data. Nonprofit organizations, businesses, and governments use Census data to identify community needs and evaluate solutions to difficult problems.
Historically, some populations – including low-income households, seasonal residents, communities of color, immigrants, and young children – have been undercounted in the Census. Undercounts happen for many reasons. People may not understand why it is important, may not trust the government, or may not want to share their information. Based on a recent study from The George Washington University, Michigan receives over $14.5 billion dollars (about $1,467 per person) from the 16 largest federal programs that disburse funds based on Census figures. Without an accurate Census count of our entire community, the potential for leaving much needed resources on the table for our 10 County Region is at risk.
THE PROGRAM: Networks Northwest is serving as the regional Census Hub Administrator for the Be Counted NW Campaign. A Regional Census Hub Advisory Committee has been formed to provide guidance to Networks Northwest on their census 2020 efforts including, but not limited to, grantmaking, advocacy, media and community outreach. This will be a collaborative process with existing nonprofit organizations that currently work and serve our identified populations at risk of being undercounted. The campaign will mobilize nonprofits to encourage participation in the 2020 census, provide trainings and tools for nonprofits on effective outreach tactics, assist nonprofits in identifying hard- to- count communities, award mini-grants to local nonprofits, coordinate a statewide communications plan and work with government officials to avoid duplication of efforts and enhance governments’ communication and outreach efforts to ensure a complete count.
THE GRANT: Networks Northwest is offering funding and technical assistance for Census 2020 outreach activities to organizations that serve historically undercounted communities in the following 10 Counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties. Grants are available to support projects that will:
- Engage and educate undercounted communities about the importance of the 2020 Census
- Familiarize communities with the census process and changes to the 2020 Census
- Develop and implement effective strategies to boost census participation and support communities beyond the life of the project
Within these priorities, applicants should design a project that best serves their community. Projects could include knocking on doors and visiting community events, partnering with local businesses to connect with employees and customers, providing opportunities to access online census forms, sharing stories through local media and online networks, and other innovative and effective ways of connecting with people on this issue.
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Thank You to Our Partners
Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks NorthwestTy Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner