THE UNITED States Election Assistance Commission announces two grants programs to encourage youth involvement in elections and to recruit the next generation of poll workers. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Mock Election Program will make available $300,000 in grant funds to organize and administer mock elections for high school students. A total of $750,000 will be awarded under the Help America Vote College Poll Worker Program to recruit college students to serve as poll workers. The grant application and instructions are available at www.eac.gov/program-areas/grants. For more information, contact Mark Abbott or Julie Ruder at (866) 747-1471 toll-free.
Mock Election Grants
Applications are due before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. The grants are open to state and local election offices and regional and national nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community-based and tribal organizations). Applicants must propose to administer mock elections in multiple jurisdictions.
College Poll Worker Grants
Applications are due before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, July 16, 2009. The grants are open to state-controlled institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations. Proposals should include a two-year project plan and a budget supporting activities for election cycles in both 2009 and 2010.