November 12, 2012

Funding Opportunities for News Ventures



Nowadays, nonprofit news organizations and news ventures must seek a variety of funding sources in order to be sustainable. Funding sources can include sponsorships, subscriptions, donations and grants. Knowing how to find these funding sources is the first step.

There are several foundations that offer grants for a variety of journalistic projects and initiatives. The Hub has compiled the following list of funding sources to help you get started. Note: Some of these grants have application deadlines this week – don’t miss the opportunity to apply!

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation seeks to fund projects that fit within four key areas: professional development, investigative reporting, youth education and special opportunities.
Deadline: Letters of inquiry due Nov. 15 and May 15 yearly
Funding: Depends on the project.

Fund for Environmental Journalism
The Fund for Environmental Journalism, created by the Society of Environmental Journalists, seeks to fund and support environmental journalism projects and entrepreneurial ventures.
Deadline: November 15 (winter application); July 15 (summer application)
Funding: Up to $3,500

McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, in partnership with The Poynter Institute, is currently accepting applications for a Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI) in 2013. The SRI allows grantees to bring together journalists, news organizations, and educators to receive training and education over a two-day timeframe on specific subject area (e.g. covering war/conflict, covering youth violence, elections, etc.).
Deadline: November 16
Funding: SRI hosts can receive between $30,000-$50,000

New Media Women Entrepreneurs
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are funding four women-led news ventures. Funding is given to projects in early beta.
Deadline: January 23, 2013
Funding: $12,000 for first year; additional $2,000 provided in second year if the entrepreneur can raise $2,000 of their own

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