Grantmaking Guidelines

Healthy civil discourse is a precondition for democracy. If we can’t talk with each other, we can’t govern ourselves as a nation - it’s that simple. Civic Health Project is committed to reducing the affective polarization - or extreme partisan animosity -  that is increasingly causing Americans to treat fellow citizens as enemies and impeding effective self-governance. 


One of the ways we scale and accelerate efforts to reduce affective polarization is through grantmaking. We are continuously researching and vetting the most promising work by practitioners and academics in the depolarization field and generally identify new grantee partners from within our network of contacts. If you have a program or project that you believe Civic Health Project should have on its radar, you can let us know about it here. Civic Health Project does not accept unsolicited proposals. We make new grants based on Civic Health Project’s strategic priorities and invest according to the following criteria:


  • Alignment. We look for initiatives aligned with our core mission of reducing affective polarization and creating healthier civil discourse in our citizenry, politics, and media.

  • Impact. We support initiatives that deliver measurable outcomes for the sake of a healthier, more functional democracy. Grantees have a clearly defined strategy for reaching their intended audience and methods for assessing the impact of their work.

  • Potential for Scale. When funding programs, we look for organizations with significant growth potential, and the ability to scale operations to influence the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people. 

  • Nonpartisan. We seek organizations whose sole purpose is restoring civic health in our country, not advancing a partisan political agenda. 

We want our grantees to have the greatest impact possible and provide support beyond our financial investment. CHP’s Grantee partners become part of a broad network of practitioners and academic researchers that can amplify their work. Where possible, we:

  • Provide knowledge on topics where we have expertise or experience;

  • Make introductions to relevant contacts in our network who might offer useful insights, practices, or resources;

  • Connect grantee partners to help them exchange ideas, build relationships, and share successful practices.

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