Through this grant-making program, CEIR seeks to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of election administration by funding Secretaries of State to educate, inform, and communicate with voters. Our goal is to ensure a safe, secure, and informed November 2020 election, particularly in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These funds are available to all states and may be used to support efforts to educate voters and communicate vital information about (but not limited to):
- Voter registration and deadlines
- Mail voting
- Early voting opportunities
- Polling place locations and hours
- Vote counting updates
Before You Apply
To prepare for your application, you should be ready to answer the following questions:
- Where would you like the funds to go? To the State directly, to an affiliated nonprofit, or to some other entity?
- If an affiliated nonprofit will receive the funds, you will need to provide their contact information
- What is your project budget? (more on this below)
- When would you prefer to receive your grant funds? (no earlier than Sept. 28)
- CEIR will attempt to accommodate all states’ requested disbursement dates
CEIR requires a basic project budget outlining how you expect to spend the funds you request. Important Note: all grant funds must be spent by December 18, 2020. Unspent grant funds must be returned to CEIR.
Your project budget should include three categories of spending (you are not required to allocate funds to each category):
- Direct Mail (creating and distributing nonpartisan voter education materials directly to voters)
- Paid Media (creating and distributing nonpartisan media to inform the electorate, including through direct advertising campaigns)
- Other Communication (creating and distributing any other form of communication other than direct mail or paid media)
CEIR requires each state receiving funds to complete a form providing us with wire transfer instructions.