Rural Power Labs, formed in fall 2021, is a rurally-focused experimental support program incubated at Movement Labs that partners with State and Local Democratic Parties to provide an additional layer of resources, training, and support for rural local Democratic Parties. In 2021, we successfully piloted our program in KS, MT, VA, and WI with 70+ rural Democratic county parties and were well received and rated by county chairs and members.
We envision helping rural Democrats come out of isolation and connect with other rural Democrats locally and nationally to organize together to make rural Democrats more visible and brought together. We will localize national issues to make it real what national Democrats are doing to deliver. Our goal is to improve the Democratic brand in rural areas.
Rural Power Labs (RPL) is launching our 2nd cohort! You are eligible to apply if you are a rural county or town Democratic party, committee, or progressively-aligned organization. Additionally, in our partner states, even if you do not apply for our full support program, unless you opt-out, we may still plan to recruit new volunteers for your party. You will have received an email from your state party and us about this.
We are currently seeking renewing and new applicants – rural County & Town Democratic Parties – to partner with us through the November 2022 election with a tentative agreement to continue working together through 2024.
We are not a replacement for your State Party, or meant to replace any existing programs. Our program is an additional layer of support. Since our founding last year, we have built an advisory board of on-the-ground rural county party chairs, rural experts, and rural partners, and we strive to work together to zig where others zag and push for more attention and resources to all rural organizing work.
We are launching states on a rolling basis in March and April. For states that have launched, find their application and opt out materials below. For upcoming states, when they are launched materials will be posted here.
Kansas – Deadline 4/10/22 (extended from 3/31)
Montana – Deadline 4/10/22 (extended from 3/31)
Virginia – Deadline 4/10/22 (extended from 3/31)
Michigan – Deadline 4/10/22
Arizona – Deadline 4/10/22
Wisconsin – Launching 4/6, Deadline 4/27/22
Questions about the program application? Email email@example.com
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