Grants awarded

The grants we award range in size from a few hundred to tens of thousands of pounds. Some grants tackle short-term immediate issues and may be in response to specific political developments. Occasionally multi-year grants are made.

Information about grants is published on this website once the grant has been formally agreed.

Our grants are also published to the 360Giving standard* and are available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.  See below for a full list of grants starting with the most recent.

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  • Joe Mitchell

    A democracy sector network? A needs, tools & capacity review

    to undertake a short research project testing the assumption that a democracy network would be effective

    Amount: £5,250
    Theme: Capacity building
    Date: 2020
  • Institute for Government

    How to save the Sewel Convention

    for a short piece of work on the status and future of the Sewel Convention, under which Westminster does not normally legislate in devolved areas without devolved consent

    Amount: £7,500
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020
  • openDemocracy

    Holding power to account during Covid-19

    to expose and challenge abuse of power across the UK related to the Covid-19 pandemic

    Amount: £58,713
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020

    RentersVote – extension

    to engage renters and the vulnerably housed in democratic processes, specifically Mayoral elections in May 2021

    Amount: £35,000
    Theme: UK Democracy Fund
    Date: 2020
  • Alliance for Choice

    Abortion Lucht Cabhrach

    to develop an abortion self-care programme

    Amount: £4,419
    Theme: Rights and equality
    Date: 2020
  • Democracy Volunteers

    Covid-19 impact mitigation

    to support ongoing work concerning 2021 UK elections during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Amount: £7,500
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020
  • Public Interest News Foundation

    Save Independent News Campaign

    towards an emergency fund, which will be used to make small grants to independent news providers who are at risk of collapse as a result of the COVID-19 crisis

    Amount: £60,000
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020
  • Campaign for Freedom of Information

    Protecting access to information rights

    to defend the public’s existing rights to information under the Freedom of Information Act and improve enforcement of the Act by the Information Commissioner’s Office.

    Amount: £50,000
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020
  • Fair Vote UK

    Election Safeguarding Reform in the Digital Age

    to reform UK, Scottish and Welsh electoral law and the wider regulatory regime to safeguard elections from the fresh challenges posed by technology

    Amount: £42,500
    Theme: Democracy
    Date: 2020