Elections and Democracy

Since 2008, NC Campus Compact has partnered with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national, nonpartisan effort to help colleges and universities involve students in elections. 

CEEP produces voter education resources, including state and national candidate and issue guides; provides paid fellowships or mini-grants to students and campuses to expand voter engagement efforts; and sponsors a network of organizers who consult with campuses about how to institutionalize and expand student voting and electoral engagement.

Mini-Grants Available!
Application deadline: September 6

To encourage college student election engagement, NC Campus Compact will award $500 mini-grants to select member campuses. The goal of the mini-grant initiative is to increase the number of college students who register and vote in the 2019 general election. Funds may be used to provide student leader stipends, facility rentals, transportation, food, supplies, materials, printing, technology services, speaker fees, or other programming expenses related to election engagement activities. All supported activities should be non-partisan and inclusive. Specifically, grantees will:

  1. Create a team of faculty, students, and staff to develop a non-partisan, campus-wide election engagement project and coordinate grant activities.
  2. Use mini-grant funds to accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
  3. Increase the number of students who are registered to vote.
  4. Provide non-partisan voter education opportunities for students to learn about voting, issues, and candidates.
  5. Motivate and assist students to go to the polls and vote (GOTV).
  6. Monitor and report on use of grant monies and outcomes of grant-supported activities.


In order to apply for a grant, a campus must be a current member of North Carolina Campus Compact.


  • Mini-grant proposal deadline: September 6, 2019
  • Grant Award Announcement: September 11, 2019
  • Grant activity period: September 11- November 5, 2019
  • Final Mini-grant Impact and Expense Report deadline: November 15, 2019


To apply for this grant, visit the following link: http://bit.ly/2019CEEPNCMINIGRANT


Contact Irving Zavaleta Jimenez at Izavaletajimenez {at} elon(.)edu or at 336.278.7197

4th Annual NC College Voter Summit
September 20, 2019 at Elon University

This one-day event in September convenes students, faculty, and staff who lead non-partisan, campus-wide voter engagement efforts. With the help of national and state partners like Campus Vote Project or You Can Vote, participants learn and share innovative strategies and practical information to support college voter registration, voter education, and electoral participation.

Campuses seeking to expand or deepen their work in this area can learn more from these resources and organizations:

AASC&U American Democracy Project

All In Campus Democracy Challenge

Campus Vote Project

CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)

Institute for Democracy and Higher Education

Nonprofit Vote