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Media Democracy Fund


Media Democracy Fund Announces

2011 Grants

Awards Grants Totaling $2.1 Million


(December 20, 2011 Washington D.C.) The Media Democracy Fund (MDF) has announced final awards of $2.1 Million in its annual grant making cycle of 2011. MDF partners with foundations and donors to ensure that 21st century communications and information systems are open, fair, diverse, and accessible.

“2011 has been an incredible year,” said Helen Brunner, Director of Media Democracy Fund. “We’re living in a time of monumental change – and there is no doubt that the Internet and new information technologies are a catalytic force.”

Media Democracy Fund 2011 grants emphasize projects able to protect the public’s rights, freedom and access in this new age, specifically around six primary strategies: Legal, research and direct advocacy; Representing, bridging and building power; Increasing knowledge and amplifying the message; Capacity building; Copyright; and, Advocacy.

MDF grantees had a number of hard fought victories this year.

·     President Obama signed the Local Community Radio Act, which creates the opportunity for communities to have their own low power FM stations.

·    Halted the proposed $39 billion merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

·        Protected the FCC’s new Net Neutrality protectionsfrom a legislative effort to overturn them. 

·     Launched a copyright/free expression campaign, “Free Bieber” which garnered coverage across the world, including: CBS, Fox and The Colbert Report.

The Internet and wireless technologies are changing everything about how we communicate and access information. The town square, newspaper, library, telephone, television, and more are moving online—but our rights, freedoms, and protections aren’t always following.

MDF’s 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. 
View a complete list of 2011 grants.

The Media Democracy Fund partners with foundations and donors to ensure that 21st century communications and information systems are open, fair, diverse, and accessible. Our tailored grant-making initiatives and strategic partnerships are responsive, high impact, and able to integrate support for advocacy tactics.


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