On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. The Act includes $400 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) emergency funds, made available to states to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus for the 2020 federal election cycle. This supplemental appropriation funding, distributed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), will provide states with additional resources to protect the 2020 elections from the effects of the novel coronavirus. Please send any submissions and questions to CARESFunding@eac.gov.

The CARES Grant Program expired on March 26, 2022. The grants are either closed or in the process of closing.

The EAC does not edit or modify the contents provided in CARES Act or HAVA Election Security Grant reports. The report contents are posted as we receive them by the states.

Guidance on Managing Funds 

Requesting Funds (Applications are Accepted by States Only)

CARES Reports


CARES Snapshot

$400 million was appropriated in FY20. As of December 29, 2021, states have spent a total of $325 million (approximately 82%) of the funds. 
State by state snapshot: 2021 CARES Grant Expenditures updated January 31, 2022



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