NetGain Year Five Small Grants: Request for Proposals

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NetGain Year Five Small Grants: Request for Proposals

NetGain Year Five Small GrantsThe NetGain Partnership is a philanthropic collaboration seeking to advance the public interest in the digital age. Most recently, NetGain has focused on the theme ‘Digital Threats to Democracy’ to understand the impact of dominant platforms. The scale of platforms’ influence and increasing number of harms to society continue to represent a considerable challenge for policymakers and civil society, where there is no single solution, but rather a number of different approaches and issues that have to be tackled in parallel.

The NetGain Small Grants Fund is managed by Media Democracy Fund. It will support projects that catalyze or build on ideas that emerged from NetGain years Four and Five around digital threats to democracy, mis/disinformation and public interest research on the platforms. This includes:

  • Projects that investigate, reveal and/or explain the extent and impact of mis/disinformation facilitated by the platforms, or other projects that advance knowledge on societal harms caused by platform companies.

  • Projects that provide policy, legal, public education or technological interventions as counterweights to growing platform power.

In addition, particular priority will be given to projects that:

  • Will be led or directed by organizations that have not historically received significant amounts of funding from the NetGain Partnership; and/or

  • Involve collaboration among multiple organizations leveraging their unique expertise in service of a common aim.

Activities eligible for support may include:

  •   Research

  •   Collaborative projects and/or campaigns

  •   Virtual convenings

  •   Creative interventions (i.e., tech tools, art, or cultural projects)

Opens: October 21, 2020
Closes: January 11, 2021
Region:  No regional limitation

Requests of $25,000 to $100,000 will be considered. We will permit a timeline of up to 12 months, with a mid-term progress and final report. Submit a concept note for consideration

Interested organizations are invited to submit a brief concept note via this form.  This call for concept notes will close on January 11, 2021. Rapid response and other time-sensitive requests will be considered on a rolling basis.

Following review of the concept note, organizations may be invited to submit a full proposal to Media Democracy Fund. Funding is not guaranteed.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Media Democracy Fund.

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