WASHINGTON, DC — The Sunlight Foundation today announces a $2.1 million grant from Google.org. The funding will allow Sunlight to expand our work on using cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government more transparent and accountable, particularly at the local level.
The grant kicks off a two-year project for Sunlight to address how local government—from city councils to school boards—can invest in technology-driven transparency and bring greater efficiency to how they work. By bringing our policy and data expertise to the municipal level, we can document and demonstrate how transparency serves as a powerful force in people’s lives through civic engagement, information accessibility and local innovation.
“The Internet has transformed the way we work, shop, correspond and think. This grant from Google.org will help Sunlight bring that transformation to government and help make information fully available online, finally, in the 21st century,” said Ellen Miller, co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation.
“Sunlight has a great track record in using technology to open up data and make civic information more transparent, accessible and actionable,” said Matthew Stepka, VP, Google.org. “They have the experience needed to work with cities on tech-driven solutions that encourage transparency and innovation at the local level.”
The grant will also allow Sunlight to offer local “mini-grants.” Details of these funding opportunities will be made available at a later date. Finally, the grant will support Sunlight’s efforts to develop policy case studies that demonstrate the power and success of tech-driven transparency to improve civic engagement.
Sunlight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit supported by foundations and individuals, including Omidyar Network, Rockefeller Family Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and co-founder Mike Klein. A list of all our donors is available online.
The Sunlight Foundation is a non-partisan non-profit that uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Visit http://SunlightFoundation.com to learn more about Sunlight’s projects, including http://PoliticalPartyTime.org and http://influenceexplorer.com.