Grant Application and Amounts


The grant application package contains at least five parts:

A completed and signed grant application form (SEEC Form CEP 15);

A completed and electronically submitted campaign finance disclosure statement (SEEC Form 30) that itemizes all financial activity since the last filed disclosure statement, completed no more than three days before the date of submission;

Important Note: All monies included in a grant application must be collected by midnight of the day before the SEEC Form 30 is submitted.

Copies of documentation of qualifying contributions provided to the candidate committee (Qualifying Contribution Certification Forms and other required documentation);

If online contributions were collected, merchant account processor (MAP) letters, transactional receipts and excel spreadsheets, and any other documentation pertaining to the contributions; and

A committee check made out to “Citizens’ Election Fund” or “CEF” for the amount of any excess qualifying contributions (i.e., the “buffer”).

If not already provided, SEEC Forms 1 & 1A, CEP 10 and CEP 12 must also be submitted, as well as proof of ballot access. The 2020 Grant Application Calendar of weekly deadlines will be published on the Commission’s website, portal.ct.gov/seec. A grant application checklist will be provided to committees and must be filled out and placed on top of the application package. Committees should make an appointment with their Elections Officer when they are ready to submit their application.

 

Candidates are encouraged to apply for a grant as soon as they have obtained ballot access and raised qualifying contributions to the qualifying thresholds plus an adequate buffer. Candidates may apply as early as the third week in May. The final application deadline for a primary grant is by 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2020. The final application deadline for a general election grant is by 5:00 p.m. on October 9, 2020. Pursuant to Public Act 2017-02 (June special session), grant amounts will now be reduced if an application is made after August 24, 2020.
   Grant Amounts Generally

A candidate’s eligibility for a public grant hinges on demonstrating significant public support. Grant amounts are based on the level of support as demonstrated by how each candidate qualifies for the ballot, and, in some instances, by a show of support based on the number of nominating petition signatures a candidate obtains (as set forth below). Certain candidates may utilize the nominating petition process to qualify for a grant, or, if already eligible for a partial grant, to increase the amount of the grant if the candidate receives enough nominating petition signatures to meet required thresholds demonstrating significant public support. In addition, and as further explained below, the general election grant amount may also be impacted by the date of the campaign’s grant submission.

   Primary Grants

Eligible candidates who qualify for the ballot in a primary may apply for a primary grant. After the party conventions, caucuses or town committee meetings are held to endorse a party candidate, the Secretary of the State certifies which candidates will face primary contests. In order to be eligible for a primary grant, the candidate must qualify for a place on the primary ballot pursuant to state election laws and the primary must be scheduled.


The following chart sets forth the primary grant amounts for eligible candidate committees. The amount of the primary grant is reduced by the allowable amount of personal funds, if any, provided by the candidate during the qualifying period.

Nomination Sought Primary Grant Amount
State Senator $42,805.00
State Representative $12,230.00

General Assembly Candidates in "Party-Dominant" Districts

General Assembly candidates in “party-dominant” districts are eligible for larger grants in primary campaigns.
A “party-dominant” district is one in which the percentage of active electors (registered voters) in the district who are enrolled in a major party exceeds the percentage of active electors in the district who are enrolled in the other major party by at least twenty percentage points. A list of the party-dominant districts will be provided on the Commission’s website, portal.ct.gov/seec.

"Party-Dominant" Districts "Party-Dominant" Grant Amount
State Senator $91,725.00
State Representative $30,575.00
Important Note: The qualified committee of a candidate who receives a primary grant, and then wins the party nomination through a primary election, does not have to reapply for a grant for the general election. However, any unspent primary grant funds that remain in the candidate’s account will be subtracted from the general election grant. Any such candidate who wins the primary is required to submit a campaign finance disclosure statement after the primary in order to determine the amount of the general election grant.
   General Election Grants

Grant Reduction Schedule

In 2017, the legislature implemented a grant reduction schedule so the later a campaign applies for a general election grant, the smaller the grant it may be eligible to receive. The specific dates in 2020 and the corresponding grant amounts will be outlined in the next sections.

Major Party Candidates

A major party is defined as a political party or organization whose candidate for Governor in the most recent gubernatorial election received at least 20% of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for Governor while running as a member of that party, or a political party having a number of enrolled members on the active registry list equal to at least 20% of the total number of enrolled members of all political parties on the active registry list in the state at the time of the last gubernatorial election.
A candidate who has obtained the nomination of a major party is eligible for a full general election grant base amount. However, if the candidate faces only a minor party or petitioning opponent who has not raised an amount equal to the qualifying threshold level for that office (“limited opposition”), the grant would be reduced to 60%, and if he is unopposed in the general election, the grant would be reduced to 30%. In addition, the grant may now be reduced depending on when the campaign applies. The specific grant amounts, based on application date and opposition, are below:

2020 Senate General Election – Major Party Candidates

Date of Grant Application Full Opposition (full grant) Limited Opposition (60% grant) Unopposed (30% grant)
If you apply on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 (full grant) $103,955.00 $62,373.00 $31,186.50
If you apply between Tues., August 25, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, 2020 [Monday, September 7, is a state holiday] (75%) $77,966.25 $46,779.75 $23,389.88
If you apply between Tues., Sept 8, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 21, 2020 (65%) $67,570.75 $40,542.45 $20,271.23
If you apply between Tues., Sept. 22, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 (55%) $57,175.25 $34,305.15 $17,152.58
If you apply between Tues., Oct. 6, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 (40%) $41,582.00 $24,949.20 $12,474.60

2020 State Representative General Election – Major Party Candidates

Date of Grant Application Full Opposition (full grant) Limited Opposition (60% grant) Unopposed (30% grant)
If you apply on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 (full grant) $30,575.00 $18,345.00 $9,172.50
If you apply between Tues., August 25, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, 2020 [Monday, September 7, is a state holiday] (75%) $22,931.25 $13,758.75 $6,879.38
If you apply between Tues., Sept 8, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 21, 2020 (65%) $19,873.75 $11,924.25 $5,962.13
If you apply between Tues., Sept. 22, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 (55%) $16,816.25 $10,089.75 $5,044.88
If you apply between Tues., Oct. 6, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 (40%) $12,230.00 $7,338.00 $3,669.00

Grant amounts are also reduced by any personal funds provided by the candidate, certain amounts of lawn signs provided to the committee, and any grant monies left over from a primary.

   Minor Party and Petitioning Candidates Grant Amounts

A minor party is defined as a political party that is not a major party and whose candidate for the office in question received at the last-preceding regular election for such office, under the designation of that political party or organization, at least 1% of the whole number of votes cast for all candidates for such office at such election.

A petitioning candidate is one who utilizes the nominating petition procedure to obtain ballot access.

A minor party candidate is eligible for a full general election grant if he has obtained the nomination of a minor party whose candidate seeking election for the same office in the same district at the last-preceding regular election received at least 20% of the votes cast for that office. A petitioning candidate is eligible for a full general election grant if he has obtained ballot access and petition signatures by electors equaling at least 20% of the votes cast for that office in the prior general election.

A minor party candidate is eligible for two thirds of a full general election grant if he has obtained the nomination of a minor party whose candidate seeking election for the same office in the same district at the last-preceding regular election received at least 15% of the votes cast for that office. A petitioning candidate is eligible for a full general election grant if he has obtained ballot access and petition signatures by electors equaling at least 15% of the votes cast for that office in the prior general election.

A minor party candidate is eligible for one third of a full general election grant if he has obtained the nomination of a minor party whose candidate seeking election for the same office in the same district at the last-preceding regular election received at least 10% of the votes cast for that office. A petitioning candidate is eligible for a full general election grant if he has obtained ballot access and petition signatures by electors equaling at least 10% of the votes cast for that office in the prior general election.

In addition, the grant amount may be reduced depending on when the candidate applies during the election cycle, as previously discussed. The specific grant amounts, based on application date and percentage of signatures / vote obtained by the minor party in previous regular election cycle, are summarized in the charts below:

Committees of Candidates Who Receive One-Third or Two-Thirds of the Full Grant Amount May Raise “Differential Contributions”

Minor party or petitioning candidates who receive less than the full grant amount may continue to raise and spend additional contributions, known as “differential contributions,” which must meet the criteria for qualifying contributions, up to the amount of the full applicable grant for the general election for that office.

Committees of Candidates Who Receive One-Third or Two-Thirds of the Full Grant Amount May Be Eligible For Post-Election Grant

Minor party or petitioning candidates who receive a one-third or two-thirds grant amount and report a deficit in post-election disclosure statements may also be eligible to receive supplemental grant money.


2020 Senate General Election – Minor Party & Petitioning

Date of Grant Application 20% last vote / signatures (full grant) 15% last vote / signatures (2/3 grant) 10% last vote / signatures (1/3 grant)
If you apply on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 (full grant) $103,955.00 $69,303.33 $34,651.67
If you apply between Tues., August 25, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, 2020 [Monday, September 7, is a state holiday] (75%) $77,966.25 $51,977.50 $25,988.75
If you apply between Tues., Sept 8, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 21, 2020 (65%) $67,570.75 $45,047.16 $22,523.59
If you apply between Tues., Sept. 22, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 (55%) $57,175.25 $38,116.83 $19,058.42
If you apply between Tues., Oct. 6, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 (40%) $41,582.00 $27,721.33 $13,860.67

2020 State Representative General Election – Minor Party & Petitioning

Date of Grant Application 20% last vote / signatures (full grant) 15% last vote / signatures (2/3 grant) 10% last vote / signatures (1/3 grant)
If you apply on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020 (full grant) $30,575.00 $20,383.33 $10,191.67
If you apply between Tues., August 25, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, 2020 [Monday, September 7, is a state holiday] (75%) $22,931.25 $15,287.50 $7,643.75
If you apply between Tues., Sept 8, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 21, 2020 (65%) $19,873.75 $13,249.16 $6,624.59
If you apply between Tues., Sept. 22, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 5, 2020 (55%) $16,816.25 $11,210.83 $5,605.42
If you apply between Tues., Oct. 6, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 9, 2020 (40%) $12,230.00 $8,153.33 $4,076.67

Grant amounts may also be reduced by the amount of any unspent primary funds (if the candidate’s committee received a primary grant), certain amounts of lawn signs provided to the committee, and by any personal funds provided by the candidate.


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