Stronger Democracy Award
Launched on March 25, 2021, the $22 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, and an anonymous donor in the ICONIQ Impact community, the Award will drive structural reforms to help improve political representation and increase participation of all citizens in the United States democratic process.
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.
Two Stronger Democracy Finalists will receive a $10 million grant — one from Additional Ventures, and the second from an anonymous donor in the ICONIQ Impact community. A separate $2 million grant from philanthropists Cipora & Vlado Herman will be awarded to one of the other Finalists.
Completed 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. 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 the Stronger Democracy Award should contact Dana Rice, Vice President of Philanthropy at Lever for Change.