About CPAF

The Civic Participation Action Fund is a 501c4 grantmaking organization created by a grant from the Atlantic Advocacy Fund and arm of the Atlantic Philanthropies. We fund projects and organizations that promote racial equality, expand civic engagement and increase economic opportunity for low income communities and communities of color throughout the United States.

We seek to work primarily with underrepresented communities in their effort to gain a stronger, more influential voice in elections and in the legislative process. We believe that engaging low income people and people of color in voting and grassroots advocacy will contribute to policy change that is more responsive to their needs and interests and to a better functioning democracy.

Our current funding priorities are criminal justice reform, immigration reform, Medicaid expansion, economic opportunity, and increased civic participation of communities of color. We look for funding opportunities that provide a direct link to winning policy victories. To that end, we fund issue campaigns and grassroots lobbying, including communications support for policy advocacy. We also fund base building activities that increase the civic engagement of low income and communities of color. While we recognize the importance of building strong advocacy organizations, we do not fund capacity building efforts that are not closely connected to one or more of our specific policy objectives. We operate at the national, state and local level; wherever there are opportunities to advance our policy and civic participation goals.

We are especially interested in partnering with other funders to expand the pool of c4 resources and to improve the efficient use of all available resources dedicated to policy advocacy. Projects for which we can find matching c(4) funds from either national or local funders are given priority.

Our grantmaking is by invitation only. Because we operate with a very small staff, we do not have the resources to respond to unsolicited proposals.