​Peace Development Fund Invites Applications for Grassroots Social Justice Efforts
Deadline: December 31, 2019

     The Peace Development Fund (PDF) was founded in 1981 in the belief that lasting change will come only when a large amount of people are well informed and empowered to make change.
     To that end, the organization is inviting applications for its Community Organizing Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to grassroots organizations working for social justice. PDF funds organizations directly engaged in community organizing activities, include organizing to shift power, to build a movement, to dismantle oppression, and/or create new structures. Funding priorities include: new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or the Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders. PDF tries to fund organizations with the potential to have a significant impact in their geographic and social justice focus area, or that are working on issues not yet recognized by progressive funders.
     To be eligible, applicants must have a budget no larger than $250,000 and be located in the United States, Haiti, or Mexico.
     See the Peace Development Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link: https://www.peacedevelopmentfund.org/grants-and-programs/community-organizing-grants-program/

National Endowment for Democracy Invites Proposals to Strengthen Democratic Institutions
Deadline: January 10, 2020

     The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world.
     To that end, NED is inviting applications for its Grants Program. Through the program, grants averaging $50,0000 will be awarded to nongovernmental organizations worldwide, including civic organizations, associations, independent media, and other similar organizations working to advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions.
     The organization is interested in proposals from nonpartisan programs that seek to promote and defend human rights and the rule of law; support freedom of information and independent media; strengthen democratic ideas and values; promote accountability and transparency; strengthen civil society organizations; strengthen democratic political processes and institutions; promote civic education; support democratic conflict resolution; promote freedom of association; and strengthen a broad-based market economy.
     NED encourages applications from organizations working in diverse environments, including newly established democracies, semi-authoritarian countries, highly repressive societies, and countries undergoing democratic transitions.
     See the National Endowment for Democracy website for complete program guidelines and application information. Here is the link: https://www.ned.org/apply-for-grant/en/

Impact Fund Offers Support for Litigation to Advance Social Justice
Deadline: January 14, 2020 (Letters of Interest)

     The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms working to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law.
     Grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to lawyers, law firms, and nonprofit organizations involved in impact litigation. Grants are usually awarded for a particular case, but occasionally the fund will support a series of cases bound by a common strategy. Most grants are for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases that aim to significantly affect a larger system are encouraged.
     The fund prefers to fund cases that have been filed or are about to be filed and prioritizes requests from applicants who need funding to keep their case moving forward. On cases that achieve a fee or cost recovery, the fund requires repayment of the original grant, plus 7 percent simple interest. If a case does not recover fees or costs, then nothing is owed. Grants may be used for out-of-pocket litigation expenses such as expert fees and discovery costs, but not for attorney's fees, staff, or other overhead.
     For the spring 2020 grant cycle, Letters of Interest must be received no later than January 14, 2020. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 11, 2020.
     See the fund's website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. Here is the link: https://www.impactfund.org/about-legal-case-grants

Knight Foundation Accepting Applications for 'Governance, Norms and Values – Research on the Future Internet'

Rolling deadlines

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation seeks to support fundamental research that addresses issues of rules, norms and governance of the internet and digital platforms. Recent research, policy debates and public controversies have highlighted the absence of uniform consensus on the norms, rights and responsibilities that should govern digital services, in particular social media. We wish to fund scholarly inquiry and novel approaches that will strengthen our democracy as the digital age progresses.

Please see below for additional detail on the opportunity and application instructions.

In recent years, significant questions have surfaced about the basic norms and values undergirding the regulation of the internet, with a focus on social media. The convergence of these questions has drawn attention to less-developed issues in law and research that demand further scrutiny from a range of perspectives. Some of these issues include: harms associated with online content, censorship, free speech, data ownership, antitrust and competition, private rights of action and effective regulatory approaches when confronted with quickly-evolving technologies.
Long one of the largest independent funders of journalism, Knight Foundation has begun to explore these issues through a range of grant-making aimed at the sea change in how our society is informed in the digital age.*

We seek to support efforts that advance research – both theoretical and empirical – on topics related to governance and the rights and responsibilities of individuals, commercial interests, non-governmental organizations and government in the digital era. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Content: the rights and responsibilities of users of services, as well as the rights and responsibilities of social media companies and digital service providers, with regard to content. This includes issues of content moderation, content liability, algorithmic content generation and optimization, as well as actual or potential harms and benefits associated with digital/platform services.
Market: how to understand the digital services and social media marketplaces, including theories of competition, empirical work on the nature of these markets, and issues of market concentration and power.
Regulation: regulatory response – in terms of self-regulation, consumer behavior and government regulation – including new regulatory theories and specific regulatory proposals. Our interest comprises laws and rules, jurisdictional questions, regulatory infrastructures—within government, specific commercial concerns and civil society (consumers and non-governmental actors), and regulatory enforcement.

We will consider proposals to support:
Research and Pedagogy
Course relief to enable faculty research
Publication development, such as special journal issues or volumes
Collaborative efforts of researchers from multiple institutions
Research assistant(s)
Symposia, workshops or other convenings
Legal clinics or other innovative pedagogy that engages students in these topics
Data acquisition

New full-time faculty or researchers
Visiting professorships

Post-doctoral fellows
Visiting fellows (for non-faculty or mid-career scholars from industry/government)

We invite letters of interest of no more than three pages that address the following, as applicable:
What is your research objective?
Why is it significant in understanding the future of internet governance?
What activities do you seek to have funded?
Budget (if multiyear, include a complete budget by year)
Short bios of the principal investigator(s), with emphasis on previous ad rem research

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This call will remain open until otherwise indicated. Please monitor kf.org/internetrfp for updates.
Please send all questions and letters of interest to John Sands at sands@kf.org.

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.

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