$300,000 in Federal Grants are Available to Fund Student Mock Elections

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is accepting applications for a competitive grant program to promote student interest and involvement in voting. The grants, authorized by the Help America Vote Act, provide $300,000 in funds to support mock elections and related civics instruction for high school students.”Now more than ever young people need to be engaged in the democratic process and value its importance,” said EAC Chair Donetta Davidson. “These grants represent a modest but worthwhile investment in ensuring the next generation of adult citizens become lifelong voters.” Eight to 12 grants of up to $25,000 each will be awarded to expand existing mock election programs for the 2010 election. EAC is especially interested in funding organizations that partner with local election officials to use the latest voting equipment. Proposals that build the capacity of community groups to teach students about the importance of voting are also encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements
The competition is open to: 1) state and local election offices, 2) regional and national nonprofit organizations as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in partnership with local election offices, and 3) tribal organizations.

Deadlines and Instructions:
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. EAC will host a technical assistance call on February 16, 2010, to answer questions about the funding opportunity and interested applicants are strongly encouraged to participate. Additional information about the call and application instructions are included in the official mock election grant notice.
Weblink: http://www.eac.gov/program- areas/grants/docs/peerreviewsadfinal_v2/attachment_download/file

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