MDF awards grants to grassroots, national and international advocacy efforts that engage in organizing, litigation, research, technology development, and legislative and regulatory reform to win victories that enhance communication and information access for all.
MDF works with a diverse array of funding partners, who participate in the fund at a variety levels. Our steering committee meets each spring to approve our annual docket, and members of our Rapid Response Fund committee approve grants throughout the year.
Our grantees include policy and research institutions as well as groups and networks that represent the constituencies whose lives are most directly affected by disparities in technology and communications policy, including youth, Native Americans, rural populations, immigrants and communities of color. MDF works closely with the field, policymakers, researchers, and funders to regularly assess opportunities and needs in media and technology policy. Our grant making strategy emphasizes network-building and the inclusion of a large and diverse set of stakeholders.
Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to:
- Expanding and diversifying the base of constituencies engaged in creating a media and technology environment that truly serves their communities
- Fighting to keep the internet and mobile web open
- Creating policies that promote access to and adoption of affordable broadband services in underserved areas
- Developing policies that equitably allocate spectrum and expand low power radio licenses
- Promoting policies that preserve journalism and public media
- Rebalancing the copyright regime in a manner that respects the needs of artists and consumers
- Promoting approaches to international internet governance that protect the rights of internet users, civil society organizations, and activists worldwide
- Responding to revelations about government and corporate surveillance by proactively working to protect digital privacy