Stronger Democracy Award
Launched on March 25, 2021, the $12 million Stronger Democracy Award will fund bold solutions to strengthen democracy in the U.S. Sponsored by Additional Ventures, with support from philanthropists Cipora and Vlado Herman, the Award will drive structural reforms to help improve political representation and increase participation of all citizens in the United States democratic process. The registration period is now open.
About the Award
The Stronger Democracy Award seeks bold solutions that will address systemic barriers and advance structural reforms in areas such as voting and elections, policymaking, and/or civic engagement. The scale of the Award seeks to strengthen democracy in the United States.
The Award recipient will receive $10 million from Additional Ventures, while Cipora and Vlado Herman will award $2 million to one of the finalist teams.
To apply to the competition, organizations must register online before June 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Complete applications are due by July 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PT and will undergo several rounds of rigorous evaluation, including an administrative review, peer-to-peer review, and a final evaluation by a panel of experts.
Individuals are not eligible to apply. Applications will undergo peer-to-peer review and be assessed by an expert review panel based on the following criteria: 1) transformative, 2) scalable, 3) innovative, and 4) feasible solutions. The Stronger Democracy Award is open to U.S. non-profit organizations or teams led by a U.S. non-profit organization. More details can be found on the Award website: www.strongerdemocracyaward.org.
The donors invite other philanthropists to join them in funding top-ranked organizations that will emerge through this process. Donors interested in providing additional funding for this competition should contact Dana Rice, Vice President of Philanthropy at Lever for Change.