Census Funding Clarification

1. Gift cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census. Hubs & grantees SHOULD NOT use campaign dollars to give gas cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census. 

  • However, campaign hubs and grantees ARE PERMITTED to use funding from MNA for raffles, food, prizes or door giveaways to individuals attending events in support of a fair and accurate 2020 census. For example, a nonprofit may hold a census party or another event with pizza and door prizes for those who attend.

2. Door-to-door collection of census responses. Campaign hubs and grantees should not go door-to-door with iPads or other devices for households to use in completing the census. 

  • However, hubs and grantees ARE PERMITTED to use campaign funding for door-to-door canvassing of neighborhoods to share educational materials on how households may complete the census. For example, a grantee could share flyers with their community that includes the website, phone number and a local location with a computer to complete the census. 

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