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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.

  • 2020 Census Project
  • $500,000
  • 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
  • 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
  • Advancement Project
  • $125,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 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 August 2021

Strategy:

General
  • Alternative Newsweekly Foundation
  • $20,000
  • 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 throughout the U.S.

Project:

Marshall Plan for Community Media Planning

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

November 2020 to October 2021

Strategy:

General
  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy
  • $100,000
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2020

Scholars from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) are conducting a joint project to find solutions to the many continuity of government challenges that our institutions face, some emerging from our current pandemic and others more universal.

Project:

Continuity of Government Commission

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Executive Branch Performance, Government, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2020 to October 2021

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • American Journalism Project
  • $200,000
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 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
  • 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
  • Public Square
  • 2017

Media Literacy @ Your Library is a one-year adult media literacy program in five public libraries serving diverse communities. With the American Library Association (ALA), they will create online learning sessions, resources, and a workshop to train public librarians on developing programs to teach patrons to be informed media consumers.

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 Oversight, Inc.
  • $200,000
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2020

American Oversight’s coronavirus oversight hub will compile and categorize various investigative efforts, serve as a database of responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests, and will organize and share oversight-related news on government’s response to the coronavirus.

Project:

Coronavirus Oversight Hub

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Open Government and Transparency

Grant Length:

July 2020 to June 2021

Strategy:

Oversight and Accountability
  • American Political Science Association
  • $75,000
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support one public service fellow, hosted by the American Political Science Association (APSA), for the period May 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020. APSA will recruit and host a fellow who will conduct research in charitable service of the U.S. Congress. With this fellowship, APSA enhances public understanding of policymaking and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on […]

Project:

APSA Public Service Fellow

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

May 2019 to March 2021

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • American Press Institute
  • $400,000
  • 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

Grant Length:

January 2014 to December 2015

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • American Press Institute
  • $150,000
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2020

The Trusting News project works with journalists across the country to develop, test, and implement strategies in reporting and publishing that builds trust with audiences.

Project:

Trusting News

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

June 2020 to May 2021

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $50,000
  • 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
  • $500,000
  • 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
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2018

The American Press Institute ias a catalyst for meaningful change in journalism using a research-driven approach to fostering more sustainable, audience-centered journalism.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

June 2018 to May 2021

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Press Institute
  • $150,000
  • 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. The Trusting News project will build a network of transparency coaches and trainers who will dramatically increase the project’s ability to make change across the industry.

Project:

Trusting News

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2018 to May 2020

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • American Society of News Editors Foundation, Inc.
  • $300,000
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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