MDF funds media and technology policy organizations working to advance the public interest and human rights in the digital age.
We employ a range of strategies to achieve these goals, including organizing, public education, research, litigation, technological development, and legislative and regulatory reform. Engaging new and underrepresented constituencies in policy debates and coordinating the strategies of existing groups and efforts are given particular emphasis.
Because MDF carefully researches our issue areas and fields, we do not accept unsolicited proposals or phone inquiries. Please do not commit organizational resources to a lengthy proposal without a direct request from one of our staff members. However, if you carefully review our issue areas and list of current grantees, and feel your project is strongly aligned with our funding strategy, please contact us via the form at the bottom of this page.
Engaging new and underrepresented constituencies in policy debates and coordinating the strategies of existing groups and efforts are given particular emphasis.
MDF makes grants on an annual cycle, after a docket meeting with our funding partners each spring. In order to concentrate resources on issue areas of particular ongoing importance, MDF has also created four sub-funds that make grants throughout the year: The Open Internet Defense Fund, Copyright Initiative, Surveillance Fund, and Global Initiatives. In addition, MDF maintains a more general Rapid Response Fund to address opportunities or threats as they arise. In order to be considered for Rapid Response funding, proposals must present a unique and timely project. Funds are limited, and are not available for organizational emergencies or ongoing projects more suitable for regular grant consideration.