On September 1, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) announced a new grant program that would provide new funding to local elections officials ahead of the 2020 election. Applications will be accepted on rolling basis beginning Tuesday, September 8. Under CTCL’s grant program, recipients would receive a minimum of $5,000.
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 and vote by mail, and maintaining safety protocols to protect officials and voters from COVID-19. Grant recipients will be required to provide a report to CTCL on how funds were used be used by January 31, 2021.
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.
To learn more about the county role in administering elections, click here.