2020 #NCStudentsVote Election Engagement Mini-Grants Application
Through the NC Collegiate Citizenship Project, North Carolina Campus Compact is providing funding to member institutions to engage in non-partisan activities to promote voter awareness, education, and voter turnout for the 2020 election. Funding is provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.
MINI-GRANT PROGRAM OVERVIEW
To encourage student election engagement, NC Campus Compact will award $500 mini-grants to select member campuses. Funds may be used to provide student leader stipends, facility rentals, transportation, food, supplies, materials, printing, technology services, speaker fees, or other programming expenses related to election engagement activities. All supported activities should be non-partisan and inclusive. Grantees are expected to monitor and report on use of grant funds and outcomes of grant-supported activities.
1. Align with the existing structures to promote campus-wide election engagement and coordinate grant activities.
2. Use mini-grant funds to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
a. Provide non-partisan voter education opportunities for students to learn about voting processes, issues, and candidates.
b. Motivate and assist students to go to the polls and vote
3. Promote your efforts through the statewide #NCStudentsVote social media campaign
4. Encourage the institution to pursue campus recognition opportunities such as the Voter Friendly Campus designation (
) and/or the All In Campus Democracy Challenge (
All grantee institutions are required to sign up to participate in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).
AVAILABILITY AND FUNDING
North Carolina Campus Compact will offer up to nine #NCStudentsVote Election Engagement Grants. Each grant award amount is $500 to support election engagement activities.
Individuals at NC Campus Compact member institutions are eligible to apply. We will award only one award per campus.
*Please note that applicants must confirm that the NC Campus Compact liaison approves of the request prior to submission. The current liaison list is here:
Mini-grant proposal deadline: July 13, 2020
Grant Award Announcement: July 15, 2020
Funds Disseminated: July 15 - July 31, 2020
Activity Period Begins: Monday, August 3, 2020
Mini-grantee Orientation: Monday August 10, 2020
Mid-program Check-n (all grantees): Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Funding Period Ends: Friday, November 13, 2020
Final Mini-grant Impact and Expense Report Due: November 20, 2020
Funding for this initiative is provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. they have a strict Prohibition against using their funds for voter registration. Please ensure the grant finds are not used for such activities.
If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Garvin, NC Campus Compact Executive Director, at
or (336) 278-7278.
This application should be completed by the individual who will coordinate the grant activities.
Briefly describe voter engagement activities and initiatives undertaken on your campus in the past year.
Please tell us which of the following objectives your mini-grant proposal will address? (You may select more than one objective if applicable.)
Voter Awareness and Education
Voter Mobilization and Get-out-the-Vote
Describe your plans for the use of the $500 mini-grant (e.g activities, partner organizations, and targeted student populations). If available include specific events and dates.
What impact will your proposed project have on election engagement on your campus? Specify at least one goal or expected outcome.
How many students do you expect to engage through grant funded activities?
The NC Campus Compact liaison(s) at my institution is aware of and approves of this application.
To the extent possible, provide a line item budget of expected expenses totaling $500 or more. (This is a proposed budget, and we understand the items and amounts listed here may change.)
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