Journalism Can Be a Social Movement for The Bay & Paul Foundations

The Bay & Paul Foundations make grants with a desire to support a social movement that creates a just and ecologically sound society. Or, as the foundation states, “Our vision is of vibrant communities whose skillful collaborations assure just and ecologically robust outcomes for present and future generations.”

Journalism is an aspect of that vision, though not this funder's primary focus. The funding that does occur filters through The Bay & Paul Foundations' Arts & Humanities Education giving area. And while journalism is not its emphasis, what is interesting and potentially promising for your program or project is how the foundation distinguishes itself from other arts education funders by stressing it's as interested in adults as it is youth. That means more opportunities and more flexibility for how you can synergize with the idea of arts and humanities education, which really are more closely related to engagement for this funder. In fact, The Bay & Paul Foundations also emphasize that while your program can take place in a classroom setting, it’s more interesting to them if it doesn’t. The foundation encourages you to think outside the box:

. . . we favor initiatives that engage the broader community to help youth and adults acquire powerful expressive literacies and cross-cultural intelligences. Our grantees embrace the arts not as an adjunct or “enrichment” offering but as central to learning, growth, achievement, and an evolving sense of personal and collective identity.

This expression of arts education also fits in with the foundation's mission “to foster and accelerate initiatives that prepare agents of change working to strengthen our social compact and develop authentic solutions to the challenges of this pivotal century.”

Other key words reinforcing this foundation’s view of its granting as a “social compact” are found in its values statement: Courage, patience, humility, listening, understanding, collaboration, opportunities.

Recent journalism support has gone to of the Journalism Development Network ($18,000), in Washington, D.C.

Though not evident from this particular grant, The Bay & Paul Foundations strongly prefer to support programs in the New York City area, but it’s obviously not an absolute. (For the record, Vermont is another geographic focus for this funder, though it’s not formally stated.) The foundation has an open, online LOI process. Biannual deadlines vary; check the website for upcoming dates.