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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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  • Defending Democracy Together Institute
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2023

The Pillars of the Community Project, which is part of the Defending Democracy Together Institute (DDTI), bolsters local and state election officials in key counties and states in their defense of the electoral process and the election administrators who make it work.    

Project:

Pillars of the Community Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

October 2023 to February 2025

Strategy:

Resilient Elections
  • Defending Democracy Together Institute
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2023

The Pillars of the Community Project, which is part of the Defending Democracy Together Institute (DDTI), bolsters local and state election officials in key counties and states in their defense of the electoral process and the election administrators who make it work.  

Project:

Pillars of the Community Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

October 2023 to February 2025

Strategy:

Resilient Elections
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $100,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

Demand Progress Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. They work to protect an internet that affords the public the ability to communicate freely online, without unjust interference from corporations or governments.  

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2022 to May 2024

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $325,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support Demand Progress Education Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund, to investigate and highlight potential improvements to congressional legislative, oversight, and administrative capacity for audiences on and off Capitol Hill. Grant funds will support Demand Progress Education Fund’s execution of written reports and newsletters, participation in public events, and meetings with stakeholders that cumulatively […]

Project:

Legislative Capacity Project at Demand Progress Education Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2019 to December 2022

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will provide support to Demand Progress, an organization that plays a critical education and advisory role on a variety of institutional practice and rulemaking areas that affect congressional capacity to function.  

Project:

Legislative Capacity Project at Demand Progress, a Project of the New Venture Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2017 to October 2019

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $100,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

Demand Progress Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. They work to protect an internet that affords the public the ability to communicate freely online, without unjust interference from corporations or governments.    

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government, Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2022 to May 2024

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $325,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support Demand Progress Education Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund, to investigate and highlight potential improvements to congressional legislative, oversight, and administrative capacity for audiences on and off Capitol Hill. Grant funds will support Demand Progress Education Fund’s execution of written reports and newsletters, participation in public events, and meetings with stakeholders that cumulatively […]

Project:

Legislative Capacity Project at Demand Progress Education Fund, a project of the New Venture Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2019 to December 2022

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Demand Progress Education Fund
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will provide support to Demand Progress, an organization that plays a critical education and advisory role on a variety of institutional practice and rulemaking areas that affect congressional capacity to function.    

Project:

Legislative Capacity Project at Demand Progress, a Project of the New Venture Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

November 2017 to October 2019

Strategy:

Empowering Congress
  • Democracy 2076
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • General and Field Building
  • 2023

Democracy 2076, a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy, Inc., is convening organizers, state legislators, those running campaigns to amend the US Constitution, and legal scholars to envision what a Constitution for 2076 needs to include to ensure an effective, responsive, and representative democracy.    

Project:

Democracy 2076

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2024

Strategy:

General
  • Democracy 2076
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • General and Field Building
  • 2023

Democracy 2076, a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy, Inc., is convening organizers, state legislators, those running campaigns to amend the US Constitution, and legal scholars to envision what a Constitution for 2076 needs to include to ensure an effective, responsive, and representative democracy.  

Project:

Democracy 2076

Foundation Center Topic:

Other

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2024

Strategy:

General
  • Democracy 21 Education Fund
  • $350,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2022

The Democracy Legal Strike Force project at Democracy 21 Education Fund provides rapid-response legal work with the objective of protecting the system of democratically elected representative government, challenging anti-democracy efforts, and advancing the foundational American principle that no one is above the law.  

Project:

Democracy Legal Strike Force Project

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

December 2022 to November 2023

Strategy:

General
  • Democracy 21 Education Fund
  • $350,000.00
  • Project
  • President's Office
  • 2022

The Democracy Legal Strike Force project at Democracy 21 Education Fund provides rapid-response legal work with the objective of protecting the system of democratically elected representative government, challenging anti-democracy efforts, and advancing the foundational American principle that no one is above the law.    

Project:

Democracy Legal Strike Force Project

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

December 2022 to November 2023

Strategy:

General
  • Democracy Docket Legal Fund
  • $1,500,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2020

Democracy Docket Legal Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, works to detect and combat suppressive voting laws and practices through litigation.    

Project:

Democracy Docket Legal Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voting Access

Grant Length:

July 2020 to June 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Democracy Docket Legal Fund
  • $1,500,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2020

Democracy Docket Legal Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, works to detect and combat suppressive voting laws and practices through litigation.  

Project:

Democracy Docket Legal Fund

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voting Access

Grant Length:

July 2020 to June 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Democracy Forward Foundation
  • $1,125,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2023

Democracy Forward Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that uses the law to build collective power and advance a bold, vibrant democracy for all people.  

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2026

Strategy:

State and Local Accountability
  • Democracy Forward Foundation
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

Democracy Forward Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that uses the law to build collective power and advance a bold, vibrant democracy for all people.  

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Preventing Authoritarian Abuse of Power
  • Democracy Forward Foundation
  • $1,125,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2023

Democracy Forward Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that uses the law to build collective power and advance a bold, vibrant democracy for all people.    

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

November 2023 to October 2026

Strategy:

State and Local Accountability
  • Democracy Forward Foundation
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2022

Democracy Forward Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that uses the law to build collective power and advance a bold, vibrant democracy for all people.    

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Preventing Authoritarian Abuse of Power
  • Democracy North Carolina
  • $300,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2019

This grant provides general operating support for Democracy North Carolina (DemNC). The organization works to protect the right to vote, reduce the role of money in politics, and advance fair redistricting in North Carolina.    

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Voting Access

Grant Length:

November 2019 to October 2022

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Democracy North Carolina
  • $75,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections and Voting
  • 2022

Democracy North Carolina (DemNC) works to strengthen democratic structures, build power among disenfranchised communities, and inspire confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.    

Project:

General Operating Support

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting, Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

November 2022 to October 2023

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
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