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 focuses on economic reform, social welfare, and issues in health and the environment.
Department of State
Through CLALS' in-house investigative wing, InSight Crime, the Department of State funded an in-depth study of emerging criminal organizations in Colombia, known by their acronym, BACRIMs.
CLALS was awarded a series of grants 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
Following the completion of a multi-year project examining religious responses to violence in Latin America, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs has generously provided continued support for a second phase of research on religious engagement with rights and justice in Latin America, focusing on the environment and gender/sexuality.
National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice has awarded CLALS a $670,000 grant to carry out research aimed at assessing the transnational criminal capacity of the MS-13 gang in the U.S. and El Salvador.
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 fourth year in 2014.