- November 15 2023
The world is witnessing an authoritarian populist surge. Our challenge is not only to protect civil and economic rights, but also to counter a global movement that actively reject these values.
Atlas Network invites its partners to participate in the Illiberalism Grant Program. The Illiberalism Grant program is available for partners working to counter authoritarianism and the rise of illiberal statist sentiment.
Competitive proposals must demonstrate sophisticated, wide-reaching strategies to counter illiberal statist ideas and policies that usually manifest in the form of:
Constitutional reforms designed to increase state control of the media, the electoral process, and the court system;
Policies that reduce the independence of the judiciary;
Weakening of the institutional framework of independent authorities;
Use of tax authorities to target perceived political opponents;
Polemic rhetoric and policies that oppose free-trade, globalization, and promote economic nationalism;
Propaganda that blames economic and other problems on disfavored minorities, including religious, ethnic, sexual, racial, regional, and other minorities, and targets them for retaliation or exclusion from the nation.
Atlas Network is not endowed and accepts no government funding, so its capacity to give is restricted by its own fundraising success. Support is typically awarded in amounts less than $10,000 and rarely exceeds $20,000. Both international and United States partners are eligible.
We favor organizations who participate in the Atlas Network Academy and, in particular, those who have completed Think Tank Fundamentals and Think Tank Theory & Practice, which are both free online courses offered within the Academy.
Our 2023 deadlines will be February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15.
Questions? Contact Alyssa.DiPadova@atlasnetwork.org. Our Institute Relations team is always happy to provide feedback on grant applications before they are submitted.