Media Democracy Fund Announces 2010 Grants

Protecting Rights in the Digital Age
35 grants totaling $1,267,200


(January 6, 2011 Washington D.C.) The Media Democracy Fund (MDF) has announced its final awards in its annual grant making cycle of 2010. MDF works with foundations and donors to award grants that protect the public’s rights in the Digital Age. The latest grants were focused on advancing the public’s rights in communications policy, promoting diversity of viewpoints in the media and advocating for an open and accessible Internet. 

“The Internet is changing and challenging the foundations of our world,” said Helen Brunner, the Fund’s Director, “Our grantees are focused on protecting democracy, equity, and innovation in all sectors of our culture, environment and economy.” 

Communications and technology policy have become increasingly salient over the past several years, as Internet and mobile technologies as well as traditional media create transformational impact on the work of charities, advocacy groups, education, government, and philanthropy.

Media Democracy Fund grants emphasize projects to engage constituencies whose lives are affected by technology and communications policy, including youth, Native Americans, rural populations, immigrants and communities of color. The grants support grassroots organizations, national advocacy groups and coalitions working on a variety of strategies for influencing communications policy, including organizing, popular education, litigation, legislative and regulatory reform.
This year’s Media Democracy Fund grants included support to: Center for Media Justice for the coordination of Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net), a nation-wide network of local grassroots organizations working on media and broadband policy; the Media Access Project for legal advocacy on communications policies for the public interest; the Center for Rural Strategies for advocacy for Internet and broadband policies that benefit rural communities; Native Public Media for advocacy on media policy issues in Indian Country; and Future of Music Coalition for projects to educate and activate musicians and music labels around media policy issues. 

View a complete list of 2010 grants here


Media Democracy Fund is a collaborative grant making program that works with a broad range of foundations and donors to make grants that protect the public’s rights in the digital age. Learn more at or follow @MedDemFund on Twitter.

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