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Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to Promote and Protect Consumer Rights

Consumer Privacy Rights Fund Grant


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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
Consumer Privacy Rights Fund
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Important Dates
Deadline: 10/13/23 5:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs to promote and protect the rights of consumers. Funding is intended to support proposals that relate to consumer privacy rights and address the following focus areas: personal data collection, conversation recording, surveillance and intrusive behaviors, and the use of personal data in artificial intelligence.

The applicant must demonstrate expertise in consumer education or advocacy, especially related to consumer privacy rights. This grant cycle seeks proposals that advance consumer privacy rights in the state of California. Proposals seeking general support or which are conducted nationally or across multiple states are also eligible if they have a clearly articulated benefit to Californians in particular.

It is anticipated that eligible proposals may include, but not be limited to, the following issues or focus areas; preference will be given to proposals which focus on these, or similar, areas:

  • Collection or use of people’s personal data without their knowledge or meaningful consent, or in violation of terms of service.
  • Surveillance and other intrusive behaviors, including surveillance of protestors, and surveillance technologies such as facial recognition software and cell-site simulators (“stingrays”).
  • Recording or monitoring internet communications without meaningful consent, including illegal recording.
  • The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in decisions made by agencies or corporations particularly with respect access to benefits, services, and opportunities.
  • General support for organizations that are primarily or wholly dedicated to advancing privacy rights.

Project strategies or activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Policy and/or regulatory development, implementation, and advocacy, including related research. However, “pure research” projects are discouraged – project proponents should articulate an action component describing how any research activities will be used to advance privacy protections.
  • Educational events for legislators and other policy-makers to help them understand pertinent issues.
  • Legal advocacy including case development and litigation.
  • Public education or organizing.
  • Development of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Advocacy or educational projects are encouraged to focus on specific goals and/or sectors of the general public and should articulate at least some level of immediate outcomes which are achievable within the grant period.

Additional Preference will be given to:

  • Proposals which specifically serve vulnerable populations including lowincome communities, people of color, students, veterans, immigrants, and nonEnglish speakers conducted by organizations that have a demonstrated track record of working with these communities.
  • Proposals which address current and emerging issues and advance the field of consumer privacy rights.
  • Proposals from organizations with experience in the field of privacy rights, or who have primary project partners with that experience.  
  • Applicants who can clearly define their desired outcomes and express quantitative and qualitative metrics that will measure progress made towards those outcomes during the grant period – in other words, proposals with clear project goals, clear metrics to measure progress, and a clear and specific workplan.  
  • Proposals which have the potential to impact significant numbers of people.
  • Proposals with a clear advocacy strategy to protect and promote consumer privacy rights.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant must meet all of the following criteria in order to qualify for this fund:
- The applicant must demonstrate expertise in consumer education or advocacy, especially related to consumer privacy rights.
- The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs are eligible to apply, but university overhead is limited to 5% of the grant award.
- An applicant’s principal place of business must be located in the United States.

Applicants may not use this grant funding to engage in the following activities:
- Electioneering or other political or religious activities prohibited by IRS 501(c)(3) regulations.
- Activities primarily targeted or conducted outside of the United States.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due October 13, 2023 at 5pm Pacific Time.

Award and decline notifications will be sent out by December 2023.  

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum allowable grant request is $150,000, even for multi-year projects.

Term of Contract
Applicants are encouraged to seek funding for projects starting January 1st , 2024 or later.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information contact:
Jodene Isaacs, Mitigation Funds Director:  

Gabriel Rosenstein, Grants Administration and Contracts Lead:  

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