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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.

  • League of Women Voters Education Fund
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2022

The League of Women Voters Education Fund addresses mis- and dis-information and builds states’ capacity for voter protection.

Project:

State Capacity Building

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voter Education, Registration, and Turnout, Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

June 2022 to May 2023

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • League of Women Voters Education Fund
  • $885,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

The purpose of this grant is to help the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) implement the Transformation Roadmap, with a focus on increasing LWVEF capacity at the state and national levels to help build a more engaged, diverse, and sophisticated network of 501(c)(3) members, volunteers, and activists. A portion of this grant will also support LWVEF’s consultations […]

Project:

Increasing State Capacity

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

November 2018 to April 2022

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • League of Women Voters Education Fund
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2016

To support the League of Women Voters Education Fund with funding to conduct a one-year assessment of the organization’s structure, processes, people and engagement, and alignment and culture. This would be the first of at least a three-year organizational change process, focused on assessing the LWVEF’s strengths and assets as well as our weaknesses and liabilities in advancing […]

Project:

Organizational Assessment

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

December 2016 to November 2017

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Library of Congress
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2015

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is an agency within the Library of Congress that works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and members of both the House and Senate.

Project:

115th Congress Freshmen Member Seminars & Briefings

Foundation Center Topic:

Government, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2015 to October 2017

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Library of Congress
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will renew support for training programs developed by the Library of Congress. Specifically, this grant will extend Democracy Fund support for the Congressional Research Service – a division of the Library of Congress – to conduct orientation seminars for newly-elected members of the 116th Congress and for the John W. Kluge Center at the […]

Project:

Support for New Member Seminars and Public-Facing Programming

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

December 2017 to March 2023

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Library of Congress
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

The Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, will conduct their signature New Member Seminar (NMS) in January 2021 for newly elected members of the 117th Congress.

Project:

Support for Congressional Programming

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2019 to March 2023

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Lincoln Network Inc.
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will support the development of an App Market that reviews tech products for use by congressional staff, focusing on key features like whether those tools can handle the required volume and whether they meet security requirements.

Project:

Congressional Tips and App Market

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2017 to November 2019

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Lincoln Network Inc.
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

Reboot Congress brings together leaders from the technology industry and political institutions in Washington, D.C. to bridge the gap between tech and our government in Washington.

Project:

Support the Reboot Congress Conference

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

April 2017 to March 2018

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Local Independent Online News Publishers Inc.
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

The purpose of this grant is to support the sustainability of news publishers with training and education from the Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION). For this project, LION will create a pilot program to help educate independent publishers on sustainability to support a healthy local news ecosystem.

Project:

LION Sustainability Pilot Program

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

November 2017 to April 2019

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Local Independent Online News Publishers Inc.
  • $25,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

The purpose of this grant is to provide capacity building support to LION (Local Independent Online News Publishers), a fiscally sponsored project of Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc., for strategic planning and board training.

Project:

Capacity Building Grant

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

October 2018 to April 2019

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Local Independent Online News Publishers Inc.
  • $500,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2019

General operating support

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

November 2019 to October 2022

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Local Media Foundation
  • $25,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2020

The Oklahoma Media Center (OMC) project, led by the Local Media Foundation, will strengthen Oklahoma’s local news ecosystem. This grant will support the early activities of the OMC as it builds out local staff and partnerships and sets itself up to serve the informational needs of Oklahomans.

Project:

Oklahoma Media Center

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

October 2020 to August 2022

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Louisiana State University and A&M College
  • $74,966.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2020

To conduct an academic study that advances knowledge on gender equity in journalistic practice. This research will target both the mechanisms of gender bias in use of expert sources in reporting and potential interventions, and report on the outcomes.

Project:

Increasing Women Sources in News

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

January 2020 to October 2021

Strategy:

Engaged Journalism
  • Louisiana State University and A&M College
  • $16,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2020

To support research on radical polarization and the behaviors to lead to increased political violence in the United States and dissemination of the research through white papers and a book.

Project:

Radical American Partisanship research project

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

January 2020 to June 2021

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2016

The Election Law Program (ELP), a joint project of William & Mary (W&M) Law School and the National Center on State Courts, supports judges with information as they navigate election law questions and decisions.

Project:

Election Law State Courts Research

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

December 2016 to November 2018

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2014

The Election Law Program (ELP), a joint project of William & Mary (W&M) Law School and the National Center on State Courts, provides reliable, updatable State Election Law Wikis for state and federal court judges to help them make election law decisions promptly and fairly.

Project:

Election Law State Courts Research

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

December 2014 to December 2016

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Marshall-Wythe School of Law Foundation
  • $450,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

To support the Election Law Program (ELP), a joint project of William & Mary Law School and the National Center on State Courts, which exists to support judges as they and their staff navigate election law questions and decisions.

Project:

Election Law State Courts Research

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

December 2018 to July 2022

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • $450,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2014

The Polling Place of the Future Project at MIT brings election officials, political scientists and tech experts together to refine and build free-access tech tools to allow election officials to run elections better.

Project:

Polling Place of the Future

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2014 to September 2017

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • $122,650.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2013

Researchers from MIT and other peer academic institutions will conduct research on best practices in the administration of election in order to inform the deliberations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Project:

Support Presidential Commission on Election Admin

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2013 to July 2015

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • $400,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2020

The MIT Election Data and Science Lab (MEDSL) facilitates election data collection and sharing through web-based tools and datasets. Their system to share data with the public and the academic field supports the development of a network of scholars and members of the Election Science field.

Project:

MIT Election Data and Science Lab

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

December 2020 to November 2022

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration