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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.

  • MediaJustice
  • $560,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2020

General operating support for MediaJustice.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

July 2021 to April 2021

Strategy:

Digital Democracy
  • MediaJustice
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2019

To support the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) in their work to create a new deal for the digital age with a focus on racial and gender equity. This grant will support CMJ’s involvement in the Change the Terms coalition, with a focus on using educational events, corporate accountability actions, and cultural strategies to shift […]

Project:

Change the Terms: Reducing Hate Online

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

July 2021 to June 2021

Strategy:

Digital Democracy
  • Menlo College
  • $80,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

To support the Women Also Know Stuff initiative by providing capacity for workshops and a road show.

Project:

Support to Women Also Know Stuff

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

July 2021 to June 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Meridian Institute
  • $290,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2012

The Meridian Institute will assess the feasibility of finding common ground solutions to address problems related to the regulation of money in our political system.

Project:

Finding Common Ground on Campaign Finance

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance

Grant Length:

August 2021 to February 2021

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • Millennial Action Project
  • $300,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2020

General operating support for the Millennial Action Project.

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

April 2021 to March 2021

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Millennial Action Project
  • $175,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2019

General support for Millennial Action Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

January 2021 to December 2021

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Millennial Action Project
  • $138,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2015

The matching grant with the Hewlett Foundation will allow Millennial Action Project to build on work this year to increase civil dialog and strengthen its own organization through collaborations with like-minded organizations while focusing on a key strategic constituency identified in our emerging map — younger Americans.

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2021 to November 2021

Strategy:

Constructive Politics
  • Millennial Action Project
  • $350,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2016

This grant will allow Millennial Action Project to build on work to increase civil dialog and strengthen its own organization through collaborations with like-minded organizations while focusing on a key strategic constituency identified in our emerging strategy/map — younger Americans.

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2021 to November 2021

Strategy:

Previous Strategy
  • Millions of Conversations, Inc.
  • $600,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2019

The purpose of this grant is to provide general operating support for Millions of Conversations (MoC).

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation, Government, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Media

Grant Length:

August 2021 to July 2021

Strategy:

General
  • Millions of Conversations, Inc.
  • $250,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2018

To provide general operating support for American Muslims for Prosperity (AMFP).

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Civic Participation/Public Participation, Government, Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law

Grant Length:

June 2021 to May 2021

Strategy:

General
  • Mississippi Votes
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2020

Mississippi Votes works to increase voter registration and turnout (specifically within 18-35 voting bloc) through innovative and high-tech engagement programming and outreach strategies. They also engage traditional organizing techniques to cater to the needs of today’s voters.

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voting Access

Grant Length:

November 2021 to October 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • MOAA Military Family Initiative
  • $218,300.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2016

MOAA Military Family Initiative (MOAA) will use new marketing efforts and current publications to inform and remind members of the military and their families of their federal rights as a UOCAVA (Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act) voter.

Project:

Military Voter Education Project (MVEP)

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

Grant Length:

June 2021 to June 2021

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • MOAA Military Family Initiative
  • $220,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2017

The grant will provide support for the Military Officers Association of America Military Family Initiative (“MOAA-MFI”) to continue establishing a baseline, evidence-based understanding of the state of military family absentee voting. The second phase of the Military Voting Education Project (MVEP) will significantly increase MOAA-MFI’s brand presence in the military family voting market to increase organic referrals in a future third phase.

Project:

Military Voter Education Project II (MVEP/II)

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

November 2021 to October 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • MOAA Military Family Initiative
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

This grant will be a continuation of MOAA Military Family Initiative’s (MMFI’s) prior two grants, MVEP I and MVEP II. The grant will allow MMFI to inform and remind members of the military and their families of their federal rights as a UOCAVA (Uniformed Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act) voter during the 2018 and 2019 election cycles.

Project:

Military Voter Education Project (MVEP) III

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

July 2021 to December 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Montclair State University Foundation, Inc.
  • $600,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2020

The Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University, provides critical infrastructure to the local news and information ecosystem across New Jersey. Their signature program, NJ News Commons, along with their other efforts, works to create a more collaborative local news ecosystem in New Jersey and beyond.

Project:

Center for Cooperative Media NJ News Commons

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

October 2021 to September 2021

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Montclair State University Foundation, Inc.
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2019

To support the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University Foundation, Inc.’s New Jersey News Commons project. As part of this grant, Center for Cooperative Media will support the local news ecosystem in New Jersey by providing various resources and support, such as training, collaboration support, and research.

Project:

Center for Cooperative Media

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

November 2021 to October 2021

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Montclair State University Foundation, Inc.
  • $250,000.00
  • Public Square
  • 2018

To support a peer learning and collaboration fund and capacity building at the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. For this project, Center for Cooperative Media will create a program to support peer learning and network building between organizations and individuals who embody the values of collaboration and ecosystem building. It also provides […]

Project:

Peer Learning and Collaboration Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2021 to March 2021

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • Montclair State University Foundation, Inc.
  • $25,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant is to support Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media’s new Collaborative Journalism Fund and first open call.

Project:

Collaborative Reporting Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Media

Grant Length:

July 2021 to November 2021

Strategy:

Ecosystem News
  • More in Common Inc.
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2021

More in Common’s three-part research strategy seeks to understand the challenges around American identity, civic and cultural norms, race, polarization, and violence mitigation. They will identify messaging and approaches that resonate with a majority of Americans.

Project:

American Identity Research & Messaging Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

September 2021 to June 2021

Strategy:

General
  • More in Common Inc.
  • $400,000.00
  • Project
  • Just and Inclusive Society
  • 2020

To support More in Common’s November 4th Project to help decrease polarization and to advance the norms of belonging in anticipation of the 2020 presidential election.

Project:

Support for the November 4th Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership, Civic Participation/Public Participation, Other

Grant Length:

June 2021 to March 2021

Strategy:

General