New $250 Million Grant Program Available to Local Election Officials

tiffany-tertipes-3lQExS5hl8Q-unsplashThe Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) this week announced a new grant program to provide funding to local elections officials ahead of the 2020 election. Under the program, funds can be used towards a variety of services that counties are responsible for when funding and administering elections.

Specifically, grants may be used for expanding voter education and outreach, recruiting and training poll workers, supporting early in-person voting/vote by mail, and maintaining safety protocols to protect officials and voters from COVID-19.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8. Under CTCL’s grant program, recipients would be awarded at least $5,000.

According to the National Association of Counties (NACo):

America’s 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs are instrumental in every federal, state and local election – providing key funding, overseeing polling places and coordinating poll workers. Voting is a fundamental civic duty for all Americans, and county officials work diligently to administer accurate, accessible and secure elections.

CTCL is a team of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration, and data experts working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections.

Visit the NACo website for more information.


Editor’s note: MACo’s original text indicated the awards would be up to $5,000 – the correct terms of the grant are that awards are at least $5,000. MACo regrets the error.