The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation's recent round of grants total $2.8 million and are being distributed to 25 different journalism organizations nationwide (See Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation: Grants for Journalism). Grants range from $20,000 to $750,000 in the areas of investigative reporting, professional development, youth education, and "special opportunities." This last category includes projects like an initiative to "improve the quality of and interest in high school mass media" and an archiving project at the Oklahoma History Center.
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has been around since 1982, but in 2008 it underwent a "strategic planning process" to "redefine areas of interest in order to increase its impact in grant-making." (Read director Robert Ross' IP profile) Since then it has increased its impact in the areas of journalism and the media by giving millions of dollars a year to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions around the country with amazing results.
The Foundation places a particular emphasis on ethics and new media within its four stated areas of interest. At the time of the announcement of this new round of grants, president and CEO Bob Ross reiterated the aim of the foundation: "New models are necessary to continue the important work of investigative journalism in the public interest. We are pleased to partner with the organizations announced today as they work to stimulate positive change through innovative models."
The organizations receiving the money include the Investigative News Network, Fund for Investigative Journalism, the digital non-profit City Limits, and the Online News Association, among many others.
Though EEJF focuses its giving around the areas of its four main initiatives (investigative reporting, professional development, youth education, and special opportunities), its interests within these initiatives is fairly wide-ranging. It also pays special attention to the area of new media and design.
One of the many interesting grants in this round of giving include a gift of $25,000 to the Society for News Design Foundation for "workshops in iPad and app development strategies for professional journalists, students and professors at universities and news organizations across the country."
Letters of Inquiry are accepted twice yearly. Take a look at the grant guidelines, and if your project qualifies you can begin the process online. You can also contact Nancy Hodgkinson, their Senior Program Officer, with any questions here.