Census Rapid Response Grants

Help make sure veterans are counted in the 2020 Census! The Census determines funding levels for many government programs for the next decade, including resources for veterans. You can apply for a grant from the National League of Cities for small or large activities to help make sure veterans get the word and get help with completing their Census forms in March and April. Apply before the funding runs out!

The National League of Cities’ Census Rapid Response Grant Program extends urgent financial resources for cities and their local partners to improve or increase Get Out The Count (GOTC) activities in order to reach historically undercounted communities.  

Grant amounts: 

  • $2,500 
  • $5,000 
  • $10,000 
  • $20,000 
  • $40,000 

NOTE: Proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 13th, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling, on-going basis until all funds are granted, or by July 31, 2020, whichever comes first. 

Who can apply?  

  • Cities 
  • Local partners working with city leaders (including but not limited to: nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, local social service providers, libraries, county offices, fraternities and sororities, faith-based groups, parent and volunteer groups with tax status) 
  • Tribal governments and organizations 

What could I do with these funds? 

Think impact and think big! Buy 5 tablets and create 5 census kiosks to set up around your city. Increase your printing budget to produce posters, fliers, door hangers, stickers, or buttons. Hire additional staff for the duration of the Census to execute on your GOTC activities to reach historically undercounted communities. Give us your best idea! You are the expert on your community, so please tell us how to best reach HTCs in your area. 

Learn more and apply: https://www.nlc.org/resource/cities-count-preparing-for-the-2020-census

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