The Center for Election Innovation & Research (CEIR) offers grant funding in support of efforts that help build confidence in elections that voters should trust and do trust.

Open Grants

Democracy & Interstate Cooperation Grant Program

CEIR seeks to improve interstate cooperation, professionalism, and government effectiveness through this strictly nonpartisan grant-making program. Our goal is to empower government officials so they can better support American democracy.

CEIR is offering up to $10,000 in grant funding to support these efforts, which must be demonstrably nonpartisan. Grant funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to:

  • Membership in nonpartisan interstate good government organizations
  • Travel and lodging expenses to attend meetings hosted by nonpartisan interstate good government organizations
  • Nonpartisan multi-state, pro-democracy projects


Applicants must be:

  • State or local+ government officials from one of the 50 states or Washington, DC; and
  • Permitted to accept grant funding under applicable gift, ethics, and other laws, regulations, rules, policies, or procedures.

+Local officials may be asked to partner with a state-level government official at CEIR’s discretion. CEIR encourages local officials to reach out to potential partners at the state level before applying.

Before Applying

To prepare for your application, you should be ready to answer the following questions:

  • Why do you need this funding?
  • How will you use this funding?
  • Where would you like the funds to go?

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If you have any questions or are experiencing any technical difficulties, please email our grants team