The EAC Office of Grants Management (EAC/OGM) is responsible for distributing, monitoring and providing technical assistance to states and grantees on the use of HAVA funds. EAC/OGM also reports to Congress on how the funds are spent, negotiates indirect cost rates with grantees, and resolves audit findings on the use of HAVA funds.
This section provides information on federal funding authorized under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to help states to (a) meet the standards of HAVA Title III, including: voting systems standards; provisional voting and voting information; statewide voter registration lists; voting by mail, and (b) improve the administration of elections for federal office.
The EAC awards two different types of grants:
- HAVA Operational Grants: These include Title II Section 251 Requirements Payments Grants and Section 101 grants for the improvement of election administration, as well as Section 102 grants (now expired) for replacement of non-compliant voting systems. These grants are subject to special HAVA conditions and provisions, as well as the OMB Circulars, and 2CFR200 with the HAVA requirements taking precedence.
- Discretionary Grants: which are generally subject to the guidance of 2CFR200.
Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
The United States Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002 to make reforms to the nation’s election systems. The Election Assistance Commission distributes and oversees the disbursement of funds appropriated to states through HAVA. Read more about HAVA here.
Current Open and Active Grants
Guidance, Policies & Advisories
EAC has issued the following policies, advisories and guidance to assist states to help comply with HAVA. This information was issued based upon inquiries and clarifications submitted by election officials.
Implementing Statewide Voter Registration Lists (PDF 107KB)
Policy Regarding Authority to Issue Funding Decisions on Use of HAVA Funds(adopted May 28, 2015)
Policy on Maintenance of Expenditure (final MOE adopted June 28, 2010)
EAC Advisory: Use of HAVA Funds for Criminal Investigation (August 13, 2015)
EAC Advisory: Satellite In-Person Absentee Voting Locations (July 28, 2015)
For inquiries related to grants email: Grants@eac.gov.