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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
  • 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
  • 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

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

December 2019 to December 2020

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
  • Advancement Project
  • $125,000.00
  • 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
  • $20,000.00
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • $100,000.00
  • 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, Government/Executive Branch Performance, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2020 to October 2021

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • 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 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 Journalism Project
  • $200,000.00
  • 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 Library Association
  • $50,000.00
  • 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 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 Oversight, Inc.
  • $400,000.00
  • 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 2022

Strategy:

Oversight and Accountability
  • American Political Science Association
  • $75,000.00
  • 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 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