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.

  • 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, and the 2020 Census Project’s Democracy Funders Collaborative Joint Fund on the Census, which aims to ensure that the 2020 Census is implemented effectively and ensures all Americans — especially those most likely to be undercounted — are accounted for.

Project:

2020 CENSUS PROJECT

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

June 2018 to November 2019

Strategy:

General
  • 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, and the 2020 Census Project’s Democracy Funders Collaborative Joint Fund on the Census, which aims to ensure that the 2020 Census is implemented effectively and ensures all Americans — especially those most likely to be undercounted — are accounted for.

Project:

2020 Census Project Renewal

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

December 2019 to December 2020

Strategy:

General
  • American Journalism Project
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

To support the American Journalism Project, a fiscally sponsored project of the Institute for Nonprofit News, in their efforts to develop a $50 million fund to accelerate the growth of the nonprofit journalism sector.

Project:

AJP Operating Funds

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

December 2018 to November 2019

Strategy:

Investigative Journalism
  • American Journalism Project
  • $2,000,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2019

This general operating grant to The American Journalism Project will support the organization’s mission to make transformative investments in Civic News Organizations, building a new public service media that is governed by, sustained by and looks like the public it serves.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

November 2019 to October 2021

Strategy:

Investigative Journalism
  • American Library Association
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant will support the design and pilot of Media Literacy@Your Library, a one-year adult media literacy program in five public libraries serving diverse communities. In collaboration with the Center for News Literacy (CNL), American Library Association (ALA) will create a series of online learning sessions, resources, and an in-person workshop for public librarians.

Project:

Prototype Fund: Media Literacy at Your Library

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

July 2017 to June 2018

Strategy:

Press Freedom
  • American Political Science Association
  • $60,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support one public service fellow, hosted by the American Political Science Association (APSA), from May 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020. The fellow will conduct research in service of the U.S. Congress. This fellowship enhances public understanding of policymaking and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics.

Project:

APSA Public Service Fellow

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

May 2019 to October 2020

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • American Press Institute
  • $500,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2015

The purpose of this general support grant is to continue to develop the research led innovation approach API has used in its work on fact checking and extend this support for other API projects that help support local media ecosystems.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2015 to December 2017

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $600,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2018

This grant supports the American Press Institute as a catalyst for meaningful change in journalism through their research-driven approach to fostering sustainable, audience-centered journalism.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

June 2018 to May 2021

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

To support the costs of a pilot survey to test questions to measure political information efficacy, plan for future data collection, and share the results and framework publicly through publications and presentations as a method of measuring the health of the public square and providing evidence of the effectiveness of funding journalism and media.

Project:

Scoping for Political Information Efficacy measurement

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

November 2018 to October 2019

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

The Trusting News project works with newsrooms to develop, test, and implement new practices and behaviors that make reporting more transparent and trustworthy. After two years of testing, they will now share the lessons from the project through a network of transparency coaches working throughout the industry.

Project:

Trusting News

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2018 to May 2020

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $400,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2013

The American Press Institute will improve the practice of fact checking and significantly increase the adoption of fact checking practices through research and the convening of media leaders.

Project:

Research and Education Activities related to Fact Checking Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

January 2014 to December 2015

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • American Society of News Editors Foundation, Inc.
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for ASNE to work with Google and a university research team to create a more comprehensive and data-driven survey that catalogues the diversity numbers for print and online publications in the United States.

Project:

ASNE Diversity Survey

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

August 2017 to December 2018

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American University
  • $500,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant is to support investigative reporting. It is part of a larger package of grants around investigative journalism that is meant to expand the critical capacity of nonprofit investigative journalism as a robust fourth estate. The grant will empower those newsrooms to pursue rigorous journalism that keeps the government accountable to the American people.

Project:

Investigative Reporting Workshop

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

April 2017 to March 2019

Strategy:

Investigative Journalism
  • AmericaSpeaks
  • $92,500.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2011

AmericaSpeaks will develop a plan through which a critical mass of citizens in 1-2 Congressional districts will take part in a pilot project for scaling up public deliberation.

Project:

Planning Grant to Scale Up Public Deliberation

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

September 2011 to January 2012

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • AmericaSpeaks
  • $650,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2012

Face the Facts USA will deliver provocative facts about big issues to help Americans debunk myths, hold better conversations, get involved, and make choices as smarter citizens around the 2012 election.

Project:

Face the Facts USA

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

February 2012 to May 2013

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant supports the establishment of the News Literacy Lab at Arizona State University. The project’s focus is on developing newsrooms as leaders in news literacy through education, research, and engagement.

Project:

Co/Lab News Literacy Project

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

November 2017 to May 2019

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2015

The purpose of this grant is to support the Morrison Institute’s research into the practice of Citizen’s Initiative Review.

Project:

Morrison Institute - CIR

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

March 2015 to January 2016

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2017

To support direct litigation, legal services work, and to develop multi-lingual know-your-rights materials that can be delivered in MASA community centers.

Project:

Litigation, Legal Services, and Know Your Rights

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership; Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration; Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law

Grant Length:

October 2017 to September 2018

Strategy:

General
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2018

To support direct litigation and legal services work, and to strengthen and expand multilingual know your rights materials that can be delivered to MASA and immigrant communities.

Project:

Litigation, legal services, and know your rights

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law; Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration; Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

November 2018 to October 2019

Strategy:

General
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • $620,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2019

To support direct litigation and legal services work, and to strengthen and expand multilingual know your rights materials that can be delivered to MASA and immigrant communities through Asian Law Caucus’s National Security & Civil Rights work.

Project:

Litigation, Legal Services, and Know Your Rights

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law; Civic Participation/Naturalization and Immigrant Civic Integration; Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

November 2019 to October 2021

Strategy:

General