Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation supports high-quality investigative journalism, professional training, and making new investigative data-gathering and distribution tools available to journalists. 

IP TAKE: While this funder prioritizes organizations located in New York and Connecticut, it still funds organizations from across the United States. The foundation awards both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1999 by Dr. Peter Buck and his wife Carmen Lucia, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) “seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.” The foundation supports programs in education, the greater Danbury area, conservation, medical, science and scouts, and journalism. The foundation views a high-quality investigative journalism as a critical component to a “free and democratic society.”

PCLB's Journalism program supports organizations that not only conducting high quality investigative journalism, but also offer professional training and share new investigative data-gathering and distribution tools available to journalists.

PCLB's journalism grants range from $10,000 to $125,000, but most fall between $10,000 to $50,000. In the past, PCLB has funded Vanderbilt University, which received an award for its television news archive project. It also funded ProPublica, which received a general operating support grant. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations the foundations supports, explore its recent grants page.

The foundation prioritizes organizations based in New York and Connecticut; however, PCLB also support groups located beyond these geographic areas.

PCLB does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does, however, encourage prospective grantees to get in touch with foundation staff to discuss their work.


  • D. Ben Benoit, Executive Director
  • Carrie Schindele, Vice President