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Grants Database

Democracy Fund champions the leaders and organizations who defend democracy and challenge it to be more open and just. We are proud to have supported more than 200 organizations doing this work.

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  • 100% Democracy
  • $125,000.00
  • Project
  • General and Field Building
  • 2023

100% Democracy, a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund, is an initiative dedicated to reimagining voting as both a fundamental right and a civic responsibility, with every eligible citizen required to participate in this most fundamental act of self-governance.

Project:

100% Democracy.

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting, Civic Participation, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration, Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

December 2023 to November 2024

Strategy:

General
  • 131 & Counting
  • $15,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2021

To support 131 & Counting’s work to increase the number of women in Congress and public policy positions through educational and social forums that build a bipartisan network of women leaders.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation, Government

Grant Length:

July 2021 to June 2022

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • 2020 Census Project
  • $500,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2019

To support the 2020 Census Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund. This grant will support the efforts of the 2020 Census Project’s Democracy Funders Collaborative joint fund on the Census, which aims to ensure that the 2020 Census is implemented effectively, produces a robust, accurate count of the population of the United States, and supports efforts to ensure […]

Project:

2020 Census Project Renewal

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

December 2019 to December 2020

Strategy:

General
  • 2020 Census Project
  • $750,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2018

To support the 2020 Census Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund. The 2020 Census Project’s Democracy Funders Collaborative Joint aims to ensure that the 2020 Census is implemented effectively, and produces a robust count of the population of the U.S.

Project:

2020 CENSUS PROJECT

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

June 2018 to November 2019

Strategy:

General
  • 22nd Century Initiative
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2023

22nd Century Initiative, a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center, facilitates widespread opposition to authoritarian movements and ideas, and resources organizations and networks to build an enduring, reparative, people-powered democracy.

Project:

22nd Century Initiative

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2024

Strategy:

Weaken Authoritarian Factions
  • 22nd Century Initiative
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2022

22nd Century Initiative, a fiscally sponsored project of Tides Center, facilitates widespread opposition to authoritarian movements and ideas, and resources organizations and networks to build an enduring, reparative, people-powered democracy.

Project:

22nd Century Initiative

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Other

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Power Building in Marginalized Communities
  • Accelerate Change, Inc.
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2022

Civic Revolution aims to transform democracy to be more responsive and representative of all communities through a coalition of digital media organizations dedicated to catalyzing civic engagement for diverse audiences.

Project:

Civic Revolution

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism, Civic Participation

Grant Length:

September 2022 to August 2023

Strategy:

General
  • ACCESS
  • $350,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2023

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), an institution of ACCESS, builds the capacity of Arab American community organizations. NNAAC’s capacity building program will help its member organizations though trainings, technical assistance, workshops, convenings, and peer-to-peer learnings.

Project:

National Network for Arab American Communities

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Civic Participation, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Civic Participation/Issue-based Participation, Media, Civic Participation/Public Participation, Other, Government/Budgeting, Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voter Education, Registration, and Turnout, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voting Access

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2026

Strategy:

Power Building in Marginalized Communities
  • ACCESS
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2022

The National Network for Arab American Communities, an institution of ACCESS, builds the capacity of Arab American community organizations. NNAAC’s capacity building program helps its member organizations through trainings, technical assistance, workshops, convenings, and peer-to-peer learnings.

Project:

National Network for Arab American Communities

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Civic Participation, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Civic Participation/Issue-based Participation, Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Power Building in Marginalized Communities
  • Accountable.US
  • $350,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2023

Accountable.US (A.US) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 organization that shines a light on special interests that too often wield unchecked power and influence in Washington and beyond. They conduct in-depth investigations to expose conflicts of interest and then share their findings with the media, public, policymakers, and allies in real-time.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2025

Strategy:

Preventing Authoritarian Abuse of Power
  • Accountable.US
  • $225,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2021

Accountable.US (A.US) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 organization that shines a light on special interests that too often wield unchecked power and influence in Washington and beyond. They conduct in-depth investigations to expose conflicts of interest and then share their findings with the media, public, policymakers, and allies in real-time.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Government/Executive Branch Performance

Grant Length:

October 2021 to September 2023

Strategy:

Oversight and Accountability
  • Action Center on Race and the Economy Institute
  • $800,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2023

The Action Center on Race and the Economy supports racial, economic, and environmental justice organizations with strategic planning and advocacy coordination on political campaigns. The Action Center also leads campaigns to spotlight the political influence that corporate and financial profiteers wield as they erode the basic racial and economic rights of communities of color.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

October 2023 to September 2025

Strategy:

Equitable Civic Infrastructure
  • Action Center on Race and the Economy Institute
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2022

ACRE Institute was founded in 2017, when policies were implemented that disproportionately benefited financial institutions, while harming Black and Brown communities. ACRE Institute’s leadership brings deep experience researching, organizing, and campaigning around Wall Street accountability issues following the 2008 financial crisis.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

July 2022 to June 2023

Strategy:

Digital Democracy
  • Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2021

Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice is an immigrant women-of-color-led grassroots organization based in Woodside, New York. Founded in 2005, they are the country’s only worker and social justice center dedicated to serving and mobilizing the Nepali-speaking community — an underserved, under-resourced, and undercounted community.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration, Other

Grant Length:

November 2021 to April 2023

Strategy:

General
  • Advancement Project
  • $175,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2020

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial, policy, communications, and legal action group committed to civil rights and racial justice . They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements, achieve policy change and support local movements to ensure impacted communities are at the forefront of change.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voter Education, Registration, and Turnout

Grant Length:

September 2020 to December 2021

Strategy:

General
  • African American Federal Executives Association Incorporated
  • $50,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

The African American Federal Executives Association (AAFEA) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to preparing and supporting African Americans for advancement into and within the senior ranks of the United States Government.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Representative Leadership
  • Algorithmic Justice League
  • $175,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2021

Algorithmic Justice League, a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund, conducts and publicizes research investigating algorithmic bias in high visibility commercial and public sector AI systems.

Project:

Algorithmic Justice League

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

October 2021 to March 2023

Strategy:

Digital Democracy
  • Alternative Newsweekly Foundation
  • $35,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2020

The Alternative Newsweekly Foundation, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, National Association of Hispanic Publishers and others are collaborating on a “Marshall Plan” for community media. Their goal is digital transformation and long term sustainability of critical community publishers, especially those led by people of color and serving diverse communities in the U.S.

Project:

Marshall Plan for Community Media Planning

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

November 2020 to October 2022

Strategy:

General
  • Alternative Newsweekly Foundation
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2022

Alternative Newsweekly Foundation is a 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting news outlets that provide coverage on a local level and strive to achieve exceptional journalism. They are building internal capacity to increase long-term sustainability and improve the impact of their work.

Project:

Capacity Building

Grant Length:

October 2022 to September 2023

Strategy:

General
  • Amalgamated Charitable Foundation Inc.
  • $50,000.00
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2024

To encourage donors to move critical pro-democracy funding in time for maximum impact, the #HalfMyDAF campaign and the Amalgamated Foundation created a matching democracy pool for election-related DAF gifts made by June.

Project:

#HalfMyDAF Democracy Matching Pool

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

June 2024 to May 2025

Strategy:

Roadmap for American Democracy
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