2018 HAVA Election Security Grants


As authorized under Section 101 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (Public 107-252) and provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141), the funds are to be used to Improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Help America Vote Act, P.L. 107-252, Title I, Section 101, Public Law -107-252, 42 U.S.C. 15301-15303, Statute 116,1668-1673
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance is to be used to improve the administration of elections for federal office, including enhancing election technology and making election security improvements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States will submit a program narrative and budget.
Award Procedure
The Election Assistance Commission will issue a Notice of Grant Award and review applicant program narratives and budgets for improving security of election systems. Upon award, states can request their funds from EAC. All funds are disbursed via EFT.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
States may use the funds, consistent with the requirements of the Help America Vote Act, 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; facilitate cyber security training; implement election systems cybersecurity best practices; and fund other activities that will improve the security of elections for Federal office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
HAVA Title IX, Section 902, authorizes EAC to audit or examine books, documents, papers and records of any recipient that are deemed pertinent to the payment; stipulates that the provision applies to all recipients of payments under the Act; requires that all funds provided under the Act are subject to mandatory audit by the Comptroller General at least once during the lifetime of the program, with the same access to records as EAC; and requires that, if the Comptroller General determines that an excess payment has been made or the recipient is not in compliance, the recipient must pay the office that made the payment an amount that reflects the excess payment or the proportion representing noncompliance.
HAVA Title IX, Section 902, requires recipients of payments under the Act to keep records consistent with sound accounting principles to facilitate an effective audit and stipulates that the provision applies to all recipients of payments under the Act.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 5%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available for five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
mark abbott
1335 East-West Highway, Suite 4300
Silver Spring, MD 20910 US
Phone: 202-566-2166
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 17$0.00; FY 18 est $380,000,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$600,000 - $34,560,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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