Funding for Democracy, Policy & Strategy

Requests for proposals, offers of grant funding, prizes for policy aspects of COVID-19

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Funding Opportunities


$1 million plus in Emergent Ventures Prizes for Coronavirus work

Tyler Cowen's Emergent Ventures offers prizes including Best (justified) Coronavirus policy writing. Other prizes may also be relevant to democracy, strategy, and policy.

New Media Ventures 2020 Expanded Open Call

Nonprofit and for-profit projects focused on advancing progressive change in a COVID-19 context. Grants and investments in $25K to $250K range. Projects reviewed on a rolling basis with priority to those received before May 4. Attn startups shifting power, building movements, changing narratives!


COVID-19 Pandemic Rapid Response Funding Call (COV19 2020)

๐Ÿ“…Deadline 9 April 2020
Health Research Board & Irish Research Council joint call. Three strands: medical countermeasures, health service readiness, and social and policy countermeasures to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Challenge Grant

๐Ÿ“…Deadline 30 March 2020
Aspen Tech Policy Hub solicited applications from technologists for projects to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Winning teams allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projectsโ€‹โ€‹.

COVID SMS Program Incubation Grants

In partnership with the New American Majority Fund at the Democracy Alliance, Resistance Labs solicited proposals for innovative SMS-based responses, with goals to mitigate harm to marginalized communities, build progressive power, and ensure the 2020 elections are representative.ย