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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.

  • 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
  • Arch + Bow Productions LLC
  • $75,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2020

Arch + Bow Productions LLC, a fiscally sponsored project of Documentary Educational Resources, Inc., created a documentary that elevates awareness of the role of local elections officials in hosting safe, secure, and voter centric elections in the U.S.

Project:

RI LEO Film

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

Grant Length:

October 2020 to September 2021

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $400,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2020

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project promotes recommendations that improve the quality of U.S. elections. Building on the work in 2019 of the Task Force on Elections, BPC will advance state and federal election reform with recommendations about new challenges in election administration.

Project:

Democracy Project Elections Program

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration, Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

Grant Length:

July 2020 to June 2022

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $200,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Elections Project will convene three task forces focused on different aspects of the elections process to develop updated recommendations to address challenges in election administration, as well as identify ongoing gaps where states have yet to adopt PCEA recommendations.

Project:

Elections Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2019 to June 2020

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $825,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2017

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project will continue their efforts to promote the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s recommendations. These recommendations are meant to improve the quality of our elections.

Project:

Democracy Project Elections

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

July 2017 to June 2019

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Center for Civic Design, Inc.
  • $514,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2018

To provide the Center for Civic Design with General Operating support.

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

June 2018 to May 2021

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Civic Design, Inc.
  • $200,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2016

The purpose of this grant is to provide general operating capacity for Center for Civic Design, a key (and overlooked) player in the elections field. Center for Civic Design supports many of our grantees and other organizations we work with. It needs assistance to expand its work this election year, which includes designing election materials, experimentation, and […]

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

June 2016 to May 2018

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Civic Design, Inc.
  • $10,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2020

To provide rapid response general capacity funds to support operational continuity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grant Length:

January 1900 to January 1900

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • $300,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2017

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT)’s project will identify election cybersecurity issues and best practices in two critical areas: 1) voter registration databases and 2) campaign data and communications.

Project:

Election Cybersecurity Research and Best Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2017 to July 2019

Strategy:

Trust in Elections
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • $300,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) will identify elections cybersecurity issues through research, convenings, and stakeholder and policymaker engagement. Previous CDT research has generated a set of nonpartisan best practices and strategies improving security within election offices and expanding the use of post-election auditing practices.

Project:

Election Cybersecurity Research and Best Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2019 to July 2021

Strategy:

Trust in Elections
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • $625,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2018

The purpose of this grant is to provide continued support for the Center for Election Innovation & Research. CEIR will work to continue improving election administration by studying new trends in elections, working with election officials to ensure confidence in elections, improving communication with voters, and streamlining the administration of elections with technological and procedural advances.

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

April 2018 to March 2021

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • $280,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2017

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for the Center for Election Innovation & Research, a new organization created by David Becker and Amy Cohen formerly with the Pew Charitable Trusts. CEIR will work to continue improving election administration by studying new trends in elections, working with election officials to ensure confidence in elections, help improve […]

Project:

Support for Center for Election Innovation & Research

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

April 2017 to March 2018

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • $10,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2020

To provide rapid response general capacity funds to support operational continuity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grant Length:

January 1900 to January 1900

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Center for Internet Security Inc.
  • $213,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

The purpose of the grant is to provide support for a companion guide to A Handbook for Elections Infrastructure Security that state and local elections officials can utilize to ensure cyber security is adequately addressed during IT procurement activities. Additionally, a training program will be developed to help election officials with conducting security self assessments and develop risk mitigation plans.

Project:

IT Procurement Guide and Training for Elections Infrastructure

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

June 2018 to July 2019

Strategy:

Trust in Elections
  • Center for Internet Security Inc.
  • $330,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

The Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Election Security Best Practices team will develop security-focused tools and guidance for election officials and election technology providers.

Project:

Election Security Tools and Training

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2019 to January 2021

Strategy:

Trust in Elections
  • Center for Secure and Modern Elections
  • $100,000
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

To support the Center for Secure and Modern Elections (CSME), a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund. CSME works across the country to increase the ease of registering to vote through pro-voter education and policy reform activities, including work on automatic voter registration.

Project:

Center for Secure and Modern Elections

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

November 2018 to October 2019

Strategy:

Pro-Voter Reform
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $700,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2019

To provide general operating support to the Center for Technology and Civic Life.

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

June 2019 to June 2021

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $400,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2015

The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) focuses on three areas: training local governments on technology to enhance engagement with their communities, developing low to no cost tools for governmental use, and helping develop infrastructure to evaluate interactions between citizens and government.

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2015 to June 2017

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $10,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2020

To provide rapid response general capacity funds to support operational continuity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Grant Length:

January 1900 to January 1900

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $500,000
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2017

Provide two years of general operating support to The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL). CTCL will continue to focus on three areas: training local governments to utilize technology to enhance civic livelihood in their communities, develop low to no cost tools for governmental use, help develop infrastructure allowing the capture of data and information during interactions […]

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2017 to July 2019

Strategy:

Voter-Centric Election Administration