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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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  • Conecta Arizona
  • $450,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2023

Conecta Arizona (CA) started as an experiment to respond to misinformation about Covid with accurate and timely information in Spanish. Using the community-based approach they developed over the past three years, they are expanding their focus to include more deeply reported stories.

Project:

Conecta Arizona

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2026

Strategy:

News & Information Ecosystems
  • Congressional Management Foundation
  • $25,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2020

This grant supports the Congressional Management Foundation’s ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts as an organization in 2020.

Project:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2020 to December 2020

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Congressional Management Foundation
  • $400,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2015

This general operating grant is aimed at helping boost the efforts of the Congressional Management Foundation’s efforts to help Congressional offices manage resources as effectively as possible. More specifically, this grant aims to boost several key functions within CMF including a program that would look at developing guiding principles that would establish best practices for use […]

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

July 2015 to June 2017

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Congressional Management Foundation
  • $49,900.00
  • Network Grant
  • Governance
  • 2015

The purpose of this grant is to create a coalition of experts from inside and outside of Congress to creative a constructive, cohesive vision for a Resilient Democracy.

Project:

Resilient Democracy Coalition-Building

Foundation Center Topic:

Government, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2015 to December 2016

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Congressional Management Foundation
  • $500,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2017

General Operating Support

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2017 to October 2019

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Congressional Management Foundation
  • $950,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2019

General Operating Support

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2019 to January 2024

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus Center
  • $435,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2020

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center’s Legislative Reform Program conducts research on major democracy reform issues, and educates advocates, policymakers, and the public about opportunities to increase congressional capacity.

Project:

Legislative Reform Program

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

October 2020 to September 2023

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Congressional Sports for Charity
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2018

This grant will support Congressional Sports for Charity, organizer of the annual Congressional Baseball Game. The Congressional Baseball Game, first held in 1909, is an annual bipartisan event in which Members of the United States Congress face off in a friendly baseball game. Congressional Sports for Charity uses proceeds from the game to support charities across the Washington, DC area.

Project:

Congressional Baseball Game Sponsorship

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

June 2018 to November 2018

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Constitutional Accountability Center
  • $400,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2023

Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history. They work in the courts, government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights of all in America and to protect the judiciary from politics.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government/Open Government and Transparency

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2025

Strategy:

Preventing Authoritarian Abuse of Power
  • Constitutional Accountability Center
  • $175,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC) is a think tank, law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history. They work in the courts, through government, and with legal scholars to preserve the rights and freedoms of all in America and to protect the judiciary from politics and special […]

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government, Government/Open Government and Transparency

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Preventing Authoritarian Abuse of Power
  • Constitutional Accountability Center
  • $475,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support the Constitutional Accountability Center’s work to research the tools Congress can use to enforce its oversight requests, enhance capacity to provide legal analysis at the request of Hill offices, support litigation, and shape a media narrative on the importance of Congress serving as a coequal branch.

Project:

Congressional Oversight

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law

Grant Length:

July 2019 to June 2022

Strategy:

Oversight and Accountability
  • Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2022

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution will create and convene a Roundtable on transforming the civil service to meet the needs of the 21st century. The Roundtable will be an incubator for different groups and stakeholders to share ideas about how to transform the system and attract, retain, and develop talented and diverse career public servants.

Project:

Roundtable on Modernizing the Civil Service

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Executive Branch Performance

Grant Length:

June 2022 to May 2023

Strategy:

Oversight and Accountability
  • Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2018

To support Convergence’s work to help Congress function more effectively through its work with the House Bipartisan Working Group (BPWG), which seeks to encourage members to engage in meaningful and consensus-driven dialogue on complex policy challenges with colleagues.

Project:

Convergence Planning Grant

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2018 to November 2019

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation, Inc.
  • $111,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

The Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM) will undergo a strategic planning process and support new leadership as it develops into a national hub for ethnic media. CCEM will add depth and national scope to its efforts with news and information outlets serving ethnic, minority and immigrant communities.

Project:

Center for Community and Ethnic Media

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

June 2018 to May 2019

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation, Inc.
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2022

The Center for Community Media (CCM) at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York will continue expanding its role as a national hub for outlets serving minority and immigrant communities and advocating for greater investment in community media overall.

Project:

Center for Community Media

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism, Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

July 2022 to June 2024

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation, Inc.
  • $700,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2019

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM) will focus on expanding its role from a resource center and advocate for New York City-based community and ethnic media to a national hub for outlets serving ethnic, minority, and immigrant communities.

Project:

Center for Community and Ethnic Media

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism, Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

July 2019 to June 2022

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation, Inc.
  • $10,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2022

The mission of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY is to prepare outstanding journalists to make a difference as they transform journalism. They train reporters to listen to and collaborate with communities, and to generate clear and compelling work that offers information and insight, holds the powerful accountable, and drives civic conversation.

Project:

Investing in Staff Wellbeing

Grant Length:

October 2022 to September 2023

Strategy:

General
  • Cultivate the Karass
  • $100,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2017

Democracy Fund will provide general support for the work that Cultivate the Karass engages in to provide tools for emerging leaders to overcome polarization, seek understanding, and build trust.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

December 2017 to November 2018

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Curators of the University of Missouri
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

The purpose of this grant is to support training and research on how newsrooms can build trust with their communities through social media, in person engagement and via their web sites and news products.

Project:

Trusting News Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

November 2017 to September 2019

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Data for Black Lives, Inc
  • $650,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2020

General operating support for Data for Black Lives.

Project:

Platforms & Civil Rights

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

April 2020 to April 2023

Strategy:

Digital Democracy
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