Friday, June 25, 2021

Recent Grants

Click on a grant title to see more details on the program and link to the official guidance.

2020 HAVA Election Security Funds (Illinois)

  • Grants Office Grantwriting service fee is currently unavailable for this grant
    Get more information on grantwriting



    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Illinois State Board of Elections


    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 provides payments to states for activities to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements.

    Consistent with the requirements of HAVA, states may use this funding to

    • Replace voting equipment that only records a voter's intent electronically with equipment that utilizes a voter verified paper record;
    • Implement a post-election audit system that provides a high level of confidence in the accuracy of the final vote tally;
    • Upgrade election ­related computer systems to address cyber vulnerabilities identified through Department of Homeland Security, or similar scans or assessments of, existing election systems;
    • Facilitate cybersecurity training for the state chief election official's office and local election officials;
    • Implement established cybersecurity best practices for election systems; and
    • Fund other activities that will improve the security of elections for Federal office.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    The Illinois State Board of Elections will use the funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle. To address the effects of the coronavirus on the election the Board intends to make funds available to the local election officials (election authorities”) who actually conduct the elections in Illinois. Based on feedback the Board received, their needs appear to include additional tabulating equipment to handle an expected increase in Vote by Mail balloting (VBM), particularly central count tabulators, increased staffing to handle the sending out and receiving of the applications/ballots, a greater number of supplies such as applications, ballots, envelopes, etc. increased postage costs related to the expansion of VBM, additional costs related to establishing vote centers to replace polling places that would likely be unavailable (eg: nursing home facilities, assisted care facilities, etc.), increased pay to attract more election judges, as persons who have traditionally served as such may not be inclined to serve in future elections out of fear of infection. Election authorities have also requested supplies to keep the polling places and election equipment germ free such as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes and PPEs such as gloves, masks, etc. The State Board of

    Elections may use some of the funds to cover the costs of a PR campaign to encourage vote by mail, costs related to additional testing of the anticipated influx of new voting systems, and any additional expenses needed to protect the SBE offices and staff from infection.


    Illinois State Board of Elections Staff

    Illinois State Board of Elections Staff
    2329 South MacArthur Boulevard
    Springfield, IL 62704
    (217) 782-4141

  • Eligibility Details

    The Illinois State Board of Elections is the only entity eligible to apply to US Election Security Commission for HAVA funds. Funds are then awarded to state agencies in Illinois. States may re-grant/distribute funds to local election districts/offices at their discretion.

    Deadline Details

    The Illinois State Board of Elections is to submit an application to the US Election Commission in January 2020. For information regarding local deadlines, contact the State Board at (217)782-4141 or

    Award Details

    The FY20 allocation to the State of Illinois is $13,966,097.00. Funds are allocated based on the voting age population formula. States are required to match 20 percent of funds awarded within two years of receiving federal support.

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


You have not selected any grants to Add

Please select at least one grant to continue.

Selections Added

The selected grant has been added to your .


Research Reports

One of the benefits of purchasing an UPstream® subscription is
generating professional research reports in Microsoft® Word or Adobe® PDF format
Generating research reports allows you to capture all the grant data as
well as a nice set of instructions on how to read these reports

Watchlists and Grant Progress

With an UPstream® subscription you can add grants to your
own personal Watchlist. By adding grants to your watchlist, you will
receive emails about updates to your grants, be able to track your
grant's progress from watching to awards, and can easily manage any
step in the process through simplified workflows.

Email this Grant

With an UPstream® subscription, you can email grant details, a research report,
and relevant links to yourself or others so that you never lose your
details again. Emailing grants is a great way to keep a copy of the
current details so that when you are ready to start seeking funding
you already know where to go

Grants Office updates its database of funding opportunities daily, so expect this list of recently added/updated grant opportunities to change constantly.