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.
Guidance on Managing Funds
Requesting Funds (Applications are Accepted by States Only)
CARES Reports and Funding Chart
|$400 million was appropriated in FY20. As of October 8, 2020, informal estimates through the 20 day reports indicate that $130 million (approximately 33 percent) has been expended. This estimate only includes states that had held primaries after the CARES Act was passed on March 27, 2020, after Super Tuesday 2020.|
|The official report of expenditures on the CARES grant will be due February 28, 2021 for the reporting period ending on December 31, 2020.|
|State by state snapshot: CARES Funding Estimated Expenditure Snapshot|