Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

North Carolina Local News Lab Fund

The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund is a collaborative fund that supports people and organizations working towards building a more connected, collaborative and sustainable local news and information ecosystem in North Carolina. The Fund is locally-led and managed by an advisory group made up of local stakeholders and Democracy Fund. It is housed at the North Carolina Community Foundation.


The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund will invest in ideas, people, and organizations that are working to ensure people have access to the news and information they need in North Carolina. The fund will focus on building more healthy news ecosystems as a vital part of just communities and a healthy democracy.Through this fund, we will work closely with local partners to increase giving to local news and invest in long-term solutions — over short-term fixes— in the areas of business models, collaboration, and community engagement.

The NC Local News Lab Fund is creating the space for shared funder learnings about supporting news and information to make a healthier local news ecosystem for North Carolinians.

Total Commitment

2019: $700,000 2017: $950,000 for the first 18 months.