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 Journalism Project
  • $2,000,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2019

This general operating grant to The American Journalism Project will support the organization’s mission to make transformative investments in Civic News Organizations, building a new public service media that is governed by, sustained by and looks like the public it serves.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

November 2019
October 2021
  • American Library Association
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant will support the design and pilot of Media Literacy@Your Library, a one-year adult media literacy program in five public libraries serving diverse communities. In collaboration with the Center for News Literacy (CNL), American Library Association (ALA) will create a series of online learning sessions, resources, and an in-person workshop for public librarians.

Project:

Prototype Fund: Media Literacy at Your Library

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

July 2017
June 2018
  • American Press Institute
  • $500,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2015

The purpose of this general support grant is to continue to develop the research led innovation approach API has used in its work on fact checking and extend this support for other API projects that help support local media ecosystems.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2015
December 2017
  • American Press Institute
  • $600,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2018

This grant supports the American Press Institute as a catalyst for meaningful change in journalism through their research-driven approach to fostering sustainable, audience-centered journalism.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

June 2018
May 2021
  • American Press Institute
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

To support the costs of a pilot survey to test questions to measure political information efficacy, plan for future data collection, and share the results and framework publicly through publications and presentations as a method of measuring the health of the public square and providing evidence of the effectiveness of funding journalism and media.

Project:

Scoping for Political Information Efficacy measurement

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

November 2018
October 2019
  • American Press Institute
  • $150,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2018

The Trusting News project works with newsrooms to develop, test, and implement new practices and behaviors that make reporting more transparent and trustworthy. After two years of testing, they will now share the lessons from the project through a network of transparency coaches working throughout the industry.

Project:

Trusting News

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2018
May 2020
  • American Press Institute
  • $400,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2013

The American Press Institute will improve the practice of fact checking and significantly increase the adoption of fact checking practices through research and the convening of media leaders.

Project:

Research and Education Activities related to Fact Checking Practices

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

January 2014
December 2015
  • American Society of News Editors Foundation, Inc.
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

The purpose of this grant is to provide support for ASNE to work with Google and a university research team to create a more comprehensive and data-driven survey that catalogues the diversity numbers for print and online publications in the United States.

Project:

ASNE Diversity Survey

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

August 2017
December 2018
  • American University
  • $500,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant is to support investigative reporting. It is part of a larger package of grants around investigative journalism that is meant to expand the critical capacity of nonprofit investigative journalism as a robust fourth estate. The grant will empower those newsrooms to pursue rigorous journalism that keeps the government accountable to the American people.

Project:

Investigative Reporting Workshop

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

April 2017
March 2019
  • AmericaSpeaks
  • $92,500.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2011

AmericaSpeaks will develop a plan through which a critical mass of citizens in 1-2 Congressional districts will take part in a pilot project for scaling up public deliberation.

Project:

Planning Grant to Scale Up Public Deliberation

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

September 2011
January 2012
  • AmericaSpeaks
  • $650,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2012

Face the Facts USA will deliver provocative facts about big issues to help Americans debunk myths, hold better conversations, get involved, and make choices as smarter citizens around the 2012 election.

Project:

Face the Facts USA

Foundation Center Topic:

Civic Participation/Public Participation

Grant Length:

February 2012
May 2013
  • Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University
  • $100,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2017

This grant supports the establishment of the News Literacy Lab at Arizona State University. The project’s focus is on developing newsrooms as leaders in news literacy through education, research, and engagement.

Project:

Co/Lab News Literacy Project

Foundation Center Topic:

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

Grant Length:

November 2017
May 2019
  • Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University
  • $50,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2015

The purpose of this grant is to support the Morrison Institute’s research into the practice of Citizen’s Initiative Review.

Project:

Morrison Institute - CIR

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

March 2015
January 2016
  • Asian Americans Journalists Association
  • $200,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2017

Democracy Fund is proud to provide core general operating support for the Asian American Journalists Association. AAJA is a leader among ethnic membership organizations in journalism that supports inclusion in newsrooms, has training programs fueling the talent engine, and is deeply involved with ethnic media, particularly in non-English ethnic media.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2017
October 2019
  • Asian Americans Journalists Association
  • $100,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2019

To build organizational capacity to continue Asian Americans Journalists Association’s support of members through trainings, networking, and scholarship opportunities, while partnering with media to ensure responsible and diverse coverage of AAPI communities.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism; Media/Journalism Education and Training

Grant Length:

December 2019
November 2020
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. dba The Vance Center
  • $30,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2019

To support a strategic planning process for The Vance Center to develop Lawyers for Reporters, a nonprofit law firm providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit and local news reporting organizations throughout the U.S. The goal of Lawyers for Reporters is ensuring that no journalist needing legal support will be denied due to financial constraints.

Project:

Planning Grant: Lawyers for Reporters

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

November 2019
October 2020
  • Bold Impact
  • $150,000.00
  • General Operating Support
  • Public Square
  • 2019

The purpose of this grant is to support Bold Impact in their coordination work to organize action within their stakeholder network to generate momentum to advance data policy innovation within a human rights framework through the event series Rights x Tech.

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Media Access and Policy

Grant Length:

December 2019
March 2021
  • Borealis Philanthropy
  • $900,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2019

To support the Fund for Diverse-Led and Serving Media, a joint fund that will support the work and build the capacity of diverse-led and serving media outlets. The fund will partner with such media outlets to better meet the information needs of traditionally underserved communities by providing capacity building support and technical assistance to media […]

Project:

Fund for Diverse-Led and Serving Media

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism

Grant Length:

July 2019
June 2021
  • Cato Institute
  • $300,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2014

Cato’s DeepBills Project will serve as a platform to decode the legal language of bills, allowing journalists and others to identify what parts of government is actually being amended.

Project:

Support the Deep Bills Project

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism; Government/Open Government and Transparency; Government/Legislative Branch Performance; Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance

Grant Length:

April 2014
January 2017
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • $450,000.00
  • Project
  • Public Square
  • 2012

The Center for Public Integrity will launch an anti-deception initiative, called Consider the Source, that aims to uncover how campaigns and consultants manipulate the public using a flood of secret money.

Project:

Consider the Source

Foundation Center Topic:

Media/Journalism; Campaigns, Elections, and Voting/Campaign Finance

Grant Length:

February 2012
February 2013