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General Purposes

Access Now

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2019–December 31, 2020
  • Location Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Geographic Focus World

About this grant

The program goal is to increase the awareness, understanding, and engagement of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector with respect to digital policies and practices that impact the space for civic engagement. To this end, Access Now, a nonprofit registered in the United States and working globally, will empower and support nonprofits and other civil society actors through direct technical support, comprehensive policy engagement, advocacy, grassroots grantmaking, and convenings.  Key outcomes and activities over the coming two years will include building and extending nonprofit coalitions and partnerships to address important digital policies and practices, such as internet shutdowns and disruptions; advocating for civil society-friendly frameworks to underpin the ongoing explosion of new technologies and innovation; and organizing RightsCon, the premier annual networking and learning event on digital policies, practices, and cutting-edge technological developments.  Based in New York City, Access Now is a leading global resource and advocate for digital policies that impact individual users and civil society organizations.