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.

  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $825,000.00
  • 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:

Other; Government/Open Government and Transparency; Government/Legislative Branch Performance; Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

July 2017
June 2019
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $200,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

To support the efforts of the Bipartisan Policy Center to promote recommendations that improve the quality of U.S. elections. Building on its previous work to expand the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA), the Elections Project will convene three task forces focused on different aspects of the elections process.

Project:

Elections Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2019
June 2020
  • Center for Civic Design, Inc.
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2016

The purpose of this grant is to provide general operating capacity for Center for Civic Design, a key player in the elections field. Center for Civic Design needs assistance to expand its work this election year, which includes designing election materials, experimentation, and usability testing.

Foundation Center Topic:

Elections

Grant Length:

June 2016
May 2018
  • Center for Civic Design, Inc.
  • $400,000.00
  • 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
May 2021
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2017

Provides support for a two-year project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). The goal of the project is to identify election cybersecurity issues and best practices in two critical areas: 1) voter registration databases, and 2) campaign data and communications. CDT’s team will identify elections cybersecurity issues through research, convenings, and stakeholder engagement.

Project:

Election Cybersecurity Research and Best Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2017
July 2019
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

Through research and convenings, the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) will share resources and best practices in cybersecurity with election officials, information security community stakeholders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. Organizations that facilitate the administration of, and public participation in, American elections are increasingly relying on digital tools to carry out their missions and […]

Project:

Election Cybersecurity Research and Best Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2019
July 2021
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • $280,000.00
  • 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
March 2018
  • Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • $625,000.00
  • 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
March 2021
  • Center for Internet Security Inc.
  • $213,000.00
  • 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
July 2019
  • Center for Internet Security Inc.
  • $330,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

Democracy Fund supports the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Election Security Best Practices team in their work to develop security-focused tools and guidance for election officials and election technology providers including: a supply chain document for election hardware and software; security best practices for internet-connected, non-voting technology; and a social media mis/disinformation information-sharing tool.

Project:

Election Security Tools and Training

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

August 2019
January 2021
  • Center for Secure and Modern Elections
  • $100,000.00
  • 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
October 2019
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $400,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2015

Provide two years of general operating support to the The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), a new organization that seeks to build from its previous success when it was a part of the New Organizing Institute Education Fund as ELECTricity. CTCL focuses on three areas: training local governments to utilize technology to enhance […]

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

July 2015
June 2017
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $500,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2017

Provides 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
July 2019
  • Center for Technology and Civic Life
  • $700,000.00
  • 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
June 2021
  • Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2018

To support Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s work on the evaluation of the Automatic Voter Registration implementation process in Illinois and allow the Lawyers’ Committee to expand state and local stakeholder awareness of the best practices and challenges associated with the implementation.

Project:

Illinois AVR Implementation Evaluation

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

December 2018
May 2020
  • Civic Culture Coalition
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2019

To support the efforts of the Civic Culture Coalition’s I Am A Voter campaign, fiscally sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, in organizing a meeting of major media leaders and increasing the number of artists and influencers participating in the campaign.

Project:

Support for I Am A Voter campaign activities

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

August 2019
July 2020
  • Civic Hall Labs, Inc.
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2015

The purpose of this grant is to help fund a Civic Hall Imagination Fellow at Civic Hall Labs.

Project:

Civic Hall Imagination Fellow

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

December 2015
December 2016
  • Committee for Economic Development
  • $235,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2012

The Committee for Economic Development will conduct research on the attitudes of business leaders about campaign finance reform.

Project:

Survey of Business Leaders' View on Money in Politics

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance

Grant Length:

October 2012
October 2013
  • Committee for Economic Development
  • $250,000.00
  • Project
  • Elections
  • 2014

Provide two year grant support to the Committee for Economic Development to run a project to get business leaders more engaged in the money in politics discussion.

Project:

Build State Business Leaders Concerned about Money in Politics

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance

Grant Length:

December 2014
December 2016
  • Common Cause Education Fund
  • $250,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Elections
  • 2014

Partisan gridlock has slowed campaign finance and election policy reform at the federal level — Common Cause Education Fund is committed to building bipartisan coalitions at the state and local levels to help make headway on these issues. At the national level, they are a key player in shaping conversations around voting. Leveraging their state […]

Foundation Center Topic:

Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance; Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Election Administration

Grant Length:

October 2014
September 2015