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Consumer Privacy Rights Fund

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Colleges and Universities for
Efforts to Promote Privacy Protection and Privacy Education

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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment - Consumer Privacy Rights Fund

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Deadline Date:

12/15/17 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and colleges and universities for programs and projects that aim to promote privacy protection and privacy education. LOIs are due by September 22. Funding will be provided for projects that educate regulators, users, and enterprises concerning critical issues relating to the protection of privacy, identity, and personal information through user control, and to protect users from online threats.

Projects in the USA may be regional, statewide, or national in scope. It is anticipated that eligible projects may encompass, but not be limited to, the following issues or focus areas:

Protection of privacy, identity, and personal information through user control.

Education and outreach activities that teach adults and children how to use social media safely; how to protect privacy, identity, and personal information online; and about other issues including protection from online threats (including cyber-bullying).

Protection of the right to publicity and privacy of social media users.

Action at the intersection of online privacy and advertising:

- Developing policies that address the commercialization of personal information and how to protect everyone, especially children, from these threats.
- Advocating for meaningful choices, clear consent, and increased user control online in regards to how personal information is utilized in connection with advertising, especially on social media sites.
- Enhancing the public’s knowledge of practices regarding user privacy and advertising on social media sites.

Allowable Activities - Projects may use this grant funding to engage in the following activities to complete their objectives:

- Education or organizing including trainings, classroom activities, conferences, and/or print, web-based or social media outreach.
- Policy and/or regulatory development and implementation, including related research. Such related research could include, but is not limited to: technical research on topics such as data flows or de-identification; polling and survey research; and social science or economic research.
- Development of privacy-enhancing technologies that give users control over their personal information, such as the creation of libraries of privacy-respectful code for developer use.
- Policy advocacy including costs of social science, technology, or economics experts; events for legislators and other policy-makers to help them understand cutting edge issues such as biometrics, algorithmic bias and transparency, encryption and data security, machine learning or automated systems; or legal advocacy including case development and litigation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160065

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum allowable total request is $50,000 even for multi-year proposals.

Term of Contract:

It is expected that most proposals will be for 12-month grant periods; however, multi-year proposals are encouraged where appropriate.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- The applicant must demonstrate expertise in consumer privacy.
- 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 grant award.
- An applicant’s principal place of business must be located in the United States and projects must benefit consumers in the United States.

Projects may not use this grant funding to engage in the following activities:

- Electioneering or other political or religious activities prohibited by IRS 501c(3) regulations.
- Activities primarily targeted or conducted outside of the United States.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A How to Apply webinar took place on August 30, 2017. Click here to view the recording:

Download the webinar slides from the Supporting Documents section below.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines and How to Apply:

The current grant cycle of the Consumer Privacy Rights Fund is a two-step process. Any group that meets the eligibility criteria is welcome to submit a letter of inquiry; the Foundation expects to receive a large number of these submissions.

The deadline to submit a letter of inquiry is September 22, 2017 at 5:00pm PDT. Because of limited funding, only a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full grant proposal after submitting a letter of inquiry. For those invited applicants, the deadline to submit a full proposal is December 15, 2017 at 5:00pm PST. Grant Decisions will be announced in late January 2018.

Click here for more information on how to apply, including instructions for letters of inquiry, applications, and how to use the online system:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

Staff Contact:

Anya Diamond

General Contact:
Phone 510-658-0702

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming