NC Collegiate Civics Project

In summer 2020, NC Campus Compact launched the NC Collegiate Civics* Project (NC-CCP). Through this effort, we seek to improve civic life in North Carolina by promoting election engagement and civil discourse and dialogue on member institutions throughout the state. Funding is provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (See the ZSR Press Release). Here you can learn about our broader election engagement efforts.

*  The 2020-21 initiative used the word “citizenship” rather than “civics.” We changed the name in fall 2021. 

Democracy Never Sleeps

To build on the momentum from 2020 in which our member campuses were deeply involved in election and dialogue efforts, we launched the Democracy Never Sleeps initiative in summer 2021.  We are providing funding, training, and information to support ongoing democratic engagement.

Democracy Innovation Grants

We offered a highly competitive grant opportunity to promote civic and democratic engagement beyond elections.

Through these funds we were seeking new projects, programs, or initiatives that:
• Help students develop the skills, habits, and dispositions of citizenship in a democracy. Possible approaches include civic learning, media literacy, Issues Forums, etc.
• Are creative, impactful, and sustainable
• Are curricular and co-curricular (preference will be given to projects that incorporate both)

2021 Democracy Innovation Grant Recipients ($5000)

UNC Wilmington
William Peace University

Election Engagement 2021

While there are only local/municipal elections in fall 2021, we are still encouraging our campuses to participate in voter  in non-partisan activities to promote voter awareness & education, and voter mobilization/turnout for fall 2021 and to prepare their campuses for the 2022 Midterm election.

2021 Grantees ($750)

Bennett College
Queens University of Charlotte
Wake Forest University

2021 Civic Holidays

NCCC is a national partner for Civic Holidays. We are encouraging all our member campuses to utilize these days as a framework for promoting and encouraging voter participation. Learn more at

2021 NC College Voter Summit – September 17 [Virtual]

We are partnering with the NC Campus Voting Coalition to host the 6th Annual NC College Voter Summit. Learn more

Election Engagement 2020

Through the initiative NC Campus Compact hosted an Election Engagement Sustainability Fellowship,  awarded Election Engagement mini-grants, and  launched and promoted the #NCStudentsVote social media campaign.  These initiatives complement NC Campus Compact’s ongoing election work, including hosting the annual NC College Voter Summit  and facilitating the NC Campus Voting Coalition.

Election Engagement Sustainability Fellowship (EESF)

The EESF engaged faculty or staff who were passionate about election engagement and who want to ensure the long-term sustainability of democratic participation on their campus. This fellowship was intended for institutions that did not currently have a formal election engagement initiative or where election engagement was neither robust or ongoing. Fellows were required to form a coalition and develop a three-year election engagement plan for their campus. Each hosting institution received a $400 grant to support activities and the Fellows received a $500 stipend upon completion of their term of service.
2020 Fellows

Appalachian State University
Macki Snyder, Assistant Director for Community Service

Central Piedmont Community College
Dr. Lisa Godwin, Early Childhood Instructor

Guilford College
Meagan McNeely, Bonner Scholars Program Director

Warren Wilson College
Bobby Beebe, Integrated Advising Coach


To encourage student election engagement, NC Campus Compact awarded $500 mini-grants to nine member campuses to engage in non-partisan activities to promote voter awareness & education, and voter mobilization/turnout for the 2020 election.
2020 Grantees

Central Piedmont Community College
Davidson County Community College
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Elon University
NC Central University
Queens University of Charlotte
UNC Asheville
UNC Pembroke

2020 NC College Voter Summit – September 11 & 12 [Virtual]

We partnered with the NC Campus Voting Coalition to host the 5th Annual NC College Voter Summit. See highlights

Civil Discourse & Dialogue

To encourage member institutions to engage in civil discourse and dialogue during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, NC Campus Compact provides grants and sponsors a Virtual Introductory Dialogues Series.

Visit the Dialogue page to learn more.

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director.