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Civil Society

The Civil Society program aims to strengthen philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as vital vehicles for increasing civic engagement and improving communities and societies.

The program is organized into four program areas:

While grantmaking objectives and strategies are tailored to the specific circumstances of each geographic region in which we work, two broad themes unite grantmaking within the program:

  • To empower people and nonprofits to take collective action that promotes and defends democratic values; and
  • To promote and develop a more robust culture of private giving for public good.

Funding for unsolicited proposals is limited throughout the program. Those interested in applying for funding are strongly encouraged to submit letters of inquiry instead of a full proposal.

*Note: This program previously included support to organizations working in Russia, and such support is detailed in the Foundation's grants database. However, in 2015, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was included on a list of organizations that the upper house of the Russian parliament recommended designating as “undesirable.” We therefore concluded that the best course of action was to discontinue our support in Russia. See the Foundation’s statement regarding this development for more information.