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Voter Training and Education Grant Opportunities

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Iowans with Disabilities in Action, a project of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, offers statewide trainings to educate Iowans with disabilities, family members, advocates and service providers about their rights and responsibilities in the electoral process. Iowans with disabilities have an opportunity to make an impact in the upcoming election. Iowans with Disabilities in Action is committed to providing the education and resources needed to encourage and increase participation.

Voter Trainings

Voter trainings are designed to educate and inform attendees of their rights and responsibilities as voters. We will cover the most common barriers that we know prevent Iowans from voting and focus on ways to overcome them. The training also provides participants the opportunity to become comfortable with using accessible and other voting equipment. Attendees will be able to register to vote and request absentee ballots.

Voter Training Requirements

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is committed to delivering a successful training to your group. The following requirements have been established to create a training that is informative and provides all participants with a chance to fully participate.

GROUP SIZE: Your group must consist of at least 15 people and no more than 30. If you have more than 30 people who are interested in attending a voter training, we will conduct a second training.

COUNTY AUDITOR: We ask that you invite your county auditor or a representative from the auditor’s office to attend the trainings. This individual is the expert when it comes to election laws and is a great resource for all attendees. Let us know if you need assistance reaching out to your county auditor.

LOCATION: Due to COVID-19, all voter trainings will be held virtually. You will need access to the internet, a computer and the ability to project the presentation to be shown to the group. We are happy to provide technical assistance prior to the training to help you prepare.

Learn more and download the application at


The deadline has been extended to October 1, 2020, or until funds are depleted. Learn more and download the application at

Iowans with Disabilities in Action is a statewide project of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council dedicated to increasing the civic participation of Iowans with disabilities. We are excited to offer grant funds to local advocacy groups that are led by people with disabilities who want to take action in their communities to increase voter turnout among Iowans with disabilities. Activities of grantees must be nonpartisan and encourage individuals with disabilities to vote in the 2020 general election, raise awareness and educate elected officials and/or candidates on disability topics.

Available Grants

Grants are available in varying amounts between $100 and $1,500. Local advocacy groups are encouraged to apply for any size grant they feel will have an impact on their community. Great ideas that have a big impact don’t always carry a big price tag. Grant requests must include a plan detailing how it will be put into action. Grant funds are provided as reimbursement for actual expenses. Receipts for all expenses must be submitted to Iowans with Disabilities in Action along with a final report before being reimbursed. Grants may be awarded for a portion of the proposed activities.

Grant Requirements

As an Iowans with Disabilities in Action grant recipient, you will be required to:

  • Complete the grant application, including a plan and proposed budget.
  • Sign the grant agreement.
  • Provide a final report within three weeks of the conclusion of grant-related activities. The requirements of the final report will be based on grant activities and will be included in the agreement.
  • Provide receipts for grant-related expenses.

All grant-related activities must adhere to all public health guidelines provided by both the state and the federal government.


Groups that include people with disabilities, family members, friends and advocates are eligible. Groups should be dedicated to supporting and encouraging those with disabilities to get involved in the electoral process and/or educate elected officials and candidates on disability issues. Groups may be formal or informal, but a majority of the members must be people with disabilities.


Grants will be provided to allow local advocacy groups to take action in their communities. We want you to be creative and submit proposals that describe how your group will encourage and support community members with disabilities to get involved in the election process and/or educate elected officials and candidates.

All grant-related activities must follow both state and federal public health guidelines related to COVID-19. Grants will be reviewed on the following:

  • How many individuals with disabilities, elected officials and candidates will be reached through the grant?
  • How will you reach Iowans with disabilities in light of COVID-19?
  • What will people do differently as a result of this grant?
  • Does the application provide evidence that the proposal will work?
  • Does the budget make sense for what is proposed?

To apply for an Iowans with Disabilities in Action grant, you will need to complete and submit the grant application by the deadline of October 1, 2020, or until funds are depleted. Learn more at