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Funds Available for Student Groups Encouraging Voter Engagement

By Maryland Today Staff

The Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement (CDCE) will award grants this fall to student organizations working to increase civic engagement and improve voting accessibility for the 2020 elections.

Grants from $1,000 to $2,500 will be awarded on a competitive basis to select student organizations that demonstrate tangible ways in which they will use the funds to facilitate, motivate and incentivize students to become civically engaged and participate in the democratic process by ensuring that citizens have full and equal opportunity to vote.

Efforts can focus on topics such as shortages in election judges, issues related to mail-in ballots, and other obstacles to voting occurring nationwide.

Applicants must write a narrative about their plan and how they will spend the funds to bring it to fruition, and include a description of their group and experience in civic engagement. Full details are available on the center’s website.

Proposals must be submitted to by 11:59 pm Sept. 25. Direct any questions to Professor Michael Hanmer, CDCE research director, at

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