Election Officials

Descretionary Grants

The Application Process

  1. Contact the EAC Grants Office (view last slide for contact information) to receive updates and notifications about funding opportunities.

  2. Visit EAC.gov and Grants.gov for published Notice of Funding Availability (Notice).
  3. Send an email to EAC stating your intent to apply by the specified date in the Notice. (This is not required, but it helps EAC better plan the review of applications)
  4. Visit the Federal Standard Forms page of the EAC website to download required forms. 5. Submit application by deadline.

Tips for Successful Applications

Successful applications have: 

  • Well defined partnerships
  • ​A strong needs statement
  • Emphasis on program implementation and high quality material development
  • A cost effective approach to the problem
  • A focus on sustainability
  • ​​A focus on EAC priorities

Resources for Applicants 

  • Grants.gov •
  • Review previous NOFAs on EAC website for ideas
  • EAC Guide to College Poll Workers
  • Review profiles of prior successful applicants on EAC website
  • Review FAQs

Selection Criteria in Awarding Grants under this Notice, EAC will Consider:

  • Program Design (50%)
  • Organizational Capacity (35%)
  • Budget/Cost Effectiveness (15%)

Follow and Adhere to:

  • Award Terms and Conditions
  • OMB Circulars
  • Submit reports on time 
  • ​Grants Management

Program Reporting Progress Reports 

  • Narrative analysis of the budget report, explaining differences between budgeted and actual activities and costs by funding source;
  • Progress towards performance measurements;
  • Discussion of any problems observed or experienced and recommended solutions.

Financial Reports 

SF-425, Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) Final Reports. The award recipient is required to submit a final report that is cumulative over the entire award period. Generally, the final report is due within 90 calendar days after the close of the grant. The frequency of reporting depends on the grant program and will be specified in your award terms and conditions