What is the Census?
The Census is a Constitutionally mandated count of the population, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2020 Census counts the population in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Participating in the census is required by law. Visit the U.S. Census Bureau website: https://www.census.gov/ for more information.
Why does the Census matter?
A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more. Information collected from the Census provides critical data that is used to determine how much federal funding is needed to sustain your community. Billions of dollars go to schools, teachers, hospitals, lawmakers, business owners, fire departments and many other organizations that provide daily services that support you and your community. If we are undercounted, we risk losing money. The data also determines the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it’s used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
How YOU can participate in the Census
Every household will have the option of responding:
- By mail
- By phone
|On or between||You’ll receive|
|March 12- 20||An invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census. (Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)|
|March 16-24||A reminder letter|
If you haven’t responded yet:
|March 26-April 3||A reminder postcard|
|April 8-16||A reminder letter and paper questionnaire|
|April 20-27||A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person|
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2020 Census Grants
Grants of up to $2,500 will support coordinated campaigns to increase participation in the 2020 Census in communities across Lake County, Indiana, that are at risk of being undercounted, known as hard-to-count (HTC) communities.
We invite proposals from 501(c)3 organizations, municipalities, educational institutions, and faith-based organizations.
Activities may include, but are not limited to, public education, outreach, communications, special events, and mobilizing, specifically aimed at increasing the self-response rate to the Census in communities across Lake County, Indiana.
- Deadline for the application is 5:00pm CST on Friday, November 22, 2019
- Grantees will be notified by Friday, December 13, 2019
Apply for a 2020 Census Grant