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.

  • American Political Science Association
  • $60,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support one public service fellow, hosted by the American Political Science Association (APSA), from May 1, 2019 – October 31, 2020. The fellow will conduct research in service of the U.S. Congress. This fellowship enhances public understanding of policymaking and improves the quality of scholarship, teaching and reporting on American national politics.

Project:

APSA Public Service Fellow

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

May 2019
October 2020
  • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
  • $175,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2019

This grant will provide general operating support for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies .

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

October 2019
June 2021
  • Association of Centers for the Study of Congress
  • $20,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will support ACSC’s research and coordination of the Robert H. Michel Retrospective, which honors Mr. Michel’s contribution to the nation’s political history through a series of essays by scholars and practitioners. These scholars will use Michel’s career to explore themes such as political polarization, congressional gridlock, and leadership dysfunction.  

Project:

Robert H. Michel Retrospective

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

July 2017
June 2018
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $1,300,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant supports the governance-related initiatives of the Bipartisan Policy Center, including: taskforces on Government Oversight, Health of the Political Parties, and Election Demographics; the Healthy Congress Index; congressional reforms recommended by the Commission on Political Reform; and increasing the communications capacity of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Project:

Support for the Democracy Project

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

July 2017
June 2019
  • Bipartisan Policy Center, Inc.
  • $450,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Congress Project, which fosters congressional reform ideas, with a particular focus on the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The Congress Project will also organize recurring bipartisan programming for Members of Congress and their staff, including the American Congressional Exchange and Freshman/Sophomore Retreats, and undertake research efforts including the Healthy Congress Index, Oversight […]

Project:

Support for the Congress Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance; Government/Open Government and Transparency

Grant Length:

July 2019
June 2020
  • Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System
  • $330,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2018

The purpose of this grant is to fund Project DATA at the University of Wisconsin, which involves research and analysis of online political advertisements. Through this research and analysis, the project will explore the extent of “dark money” online advertising campaigns. The project will seek to analyze online advertising data collected in 2016 to assess […]

Project:

Project DATA: Digital Ad Tracking & Analysis

Foundation Center Topic:

Government; Civic Participation; Campaigns, Elections, and Voting

Grant Length:

January 2018
August 2020
  • Business Forward Foundation
  • $75,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2018

This project grant will allow Business Forward Foundation to activate its network of business leaders across the U.S. to focus on protecting the legitimacy and independence of the U.S. judicial system. This grant will support Business Forward Foundation’s efforts to identify, train, and support business leaders who will speak in favor of the rule of law and will prepare them to push back against […]

Project:

Business Leaders Protecting the Courts

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

November 2018
October 2019
  • Business Forward Foundation
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To activate Business Forward’s network of business leaders across the U.S. to protect the rule of law. This grant will support their efforts to identify, train, and support leaders who will speak in favor of the rule of law and who will be prepared to push back against attacks on democratic norms or institutions.

Project:

Business Leaders for the Rule of Law

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Civil Liberties and Rule of Law

Grant Length:

November 2019
October 2021
  • Cato Institute
  • $70,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will support a series of dinner discussions hosted by the Cato Institute. This series is about the future of liberal democracy in the United States and will feature activists, academics, and political leaders across the spectrum.

Project:

Prospects for Liberal Democracy Series

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Civic Education and Leadership

Grant Length:

October 2017
May 2019
  • Cato Institute
  • $75,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support the Cato Institute’s study on the American people’s feelings toward pluralism and immigration. Cato Institute will conduct a large-scale polling project and will publish a report on their findings.

Project:

Poll: Why Americans Believe What They Do About Immigration

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

October 2019
September 2020
  • Center for Responsive Politics
  • $225,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will provide support for The Center of Responsive Politics’ (CRP) Foreign Lobby Watch Project. The project will work to extract and analyze data from reports filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which are made publicly available by the Department of Justice but in a form that is not searchable or otherwise […]

Project:

Foreign Lobby Watch Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Open Government and Transparency

Grant Length:

November 2017
October 2019
  • Center for Responsive Politics
  • $75,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

To support the Center for Responsive Politics’ Foreign Lobby Watch Database. The Center will extract and analyze data from reports filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to reveal the relationships and lobbying activity of foreign governments, companies, and individuals.

Project:

Foreign Lobby Watch Database

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

November 2019
October 2020
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Inc.
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2018

This grant to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will support their project to assess and counter foreign technology-enabled threats to our judicial system. The project will engage stakeholders in off-the-record discussions of the threats presented, train individuals in the judicial system to counter these threats, and will culminate in a report with findings and […]

Project:

Countering Active-Measure Threats to the U.S. Judiciary

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

May 2018
April 2019
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies, Inc.
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2019

This grant to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will support the the Defending Democratic Institutions (DDI) project to assess and counter foreign technology-enabled threats to our judicial system. The project will alert members of the judiciary to threats from foreign adversaries, train individual judges and their staffs in ways to respond to and mitigate the threats, create […]

Project:

Countering Active-Measure Threats to the U.S. Judiciary

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Judicial Selection and Performance

Grant Length:

May 2019
December 2020
  • College to Congress
  • $100,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2018

Democracy Fund will provide general support for College to Congress.

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

March 2018
February 2019
  • College to Congress
  • $165,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2019

This grant will provide general support for College to Congress.

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

January 2019
December 2019
  • College to Congress
  • $150,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Governance
  • 2020

To provide general operating support for College to Congress.

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

April 2020
March 2022
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2014

This grant provides project support to the Committee’s new initiative called Fix the System, which will engage diverse groups of business and political leaders to reduce political dysfunction and gridlock.

Project:

Fix the System

Foundation Center Topic:

Government

Grant Length:

December 2014
December 2015
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant seeks to expand the Committee’s fact checking capabilities of the administration, encourage greater transparency, and increase accountability for the impact of economic proposals. The success of these objectives should increase media outreach of diverse experts to discuss the implications of economic policies.

Project:

Encouraging Transparency & Accountability in the New Administration

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Open Government and Transparency; Government/Budgeting; Civic Participation/Issue-based Participation

Grant Length:

April 2017
April 2019
  • Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Governance
  • 2017

This grant will support a sustained education and engagement effort to reinforce the critical role of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in today’s policy-making environment. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) will convene the nation’s top budget experts – many of whom have served in CBO leadership – to elevate a timely discussion about the need for the impartial, nonpartisan budget scorekeeping and […]

Project:

Elevating the Role of the Congressional Budget Office

Foundation Center Topic:

Government/Legislative Branch Performance

Grant Length:

December 2017
November 2018