CLALS depends on generous support from American University, individual donors, private foundations and other agencies. The following are agencies that currently fund Center activities:
American Friends Service Committee
Christopher Reynolds Foundation
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation has provided ongoing support for the Center's Cuba Initiative. Now in its third year, the Initiative facilitates academic exchanges, innovative media production and multilateral fora on diplomatic relations.
Department of State
Through its in-house investigative wing, InSight Crime, CLALS was awarded $100,000 from the Department of State to conduct an in-depth study of emerging criminal organizations in Colombia, known by their acronym, BACRIMs.
CLALS was awarded a multi-year grant totaling $412,000 by the Ford Foundation to fund an ambitious program of research and dissemination devoted to assessing the role of Central American elites. Previous support from Ford includes a project on participatory democracy in Latin America, which was carried out through a grant to the University of British Columbia, Andean Democracy Research Network.
Henry Luce Foundation
The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs has generously provided $375,000 to the Center for a two-year program of research, publication and practitioner dialogues focused on how religious institutions have understood and confronted violence in Latin America under dictatorship and democracy.
Open Society Foundations
The Tinker Foundation has awarded CLALS funds to support graduate student research in Latin America and the Caribbean. This grant has received renewed support and CLALS will administer the awards for a third year in 2013.