Rose Foundation: Consumer Privacy Rights Fund

The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment has issued an RFP for its Consumer Privacy Rights Fund.

Through the fund, grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to support privacy protection and privacy education efforts. Proposals must relate primarily to supporting and enhancing individual consumer’s internet privacy rights.

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; and 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; 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; and development of privacy-enhancing technologies.

Advocacy or educational projects are encouraged to focus on specific goals and/or general public sectors. They should articulate at least some level of immediate outcomes that are achievable within the grant period. Projects that create educational materials (guides, videos, worksheets, websites, etc.) should clearly state the existing need for the resource, why it is not duplicative of existing resources, why you think your resource would be effective, and a plan to distribute the resource to its intended audience

Applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Nonprofit colleges, universities, university clinics, and graduate programs can apply, but the university overhead should be limited to 5 percent of the grant award.

Please contact Sara Salmon if you are interested in applying to this opportunity.