OVERVIEW: The Garnett Foundation supports journalism education and training, as well as programs to advance technology in the journalism industry. It prioritizes programs that include women, minorities, and college students.
IP TAKE: Pitch a program that gets college students interested in journalism careers, and anything with a tech angle is a plus.
PROFILE: The Gannett Foundation is a corporate funder sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc., publishers of USA Today. This is a next-generation media company that seeks to push boundaries and drive real change. Its foundation supports the areas in which the company does business. Garnett primarily supports journalism through its media grants program.
The Gannett Foundation supports journalism education and training programs each year and seeks to advance technology in the journalism industry, encourage the study of journalism at the college level, and to protect First Amendment rights. Its media grantmaking prioritizes training for working journalists at the national and regional levels and fostering and encouraging women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups interested in journalism. This is not a funder of local community programs or programs at community colleges or high schools. Only tax-exempt degree-granting universities and four-year colleges and public charities are eligible to apply for grants.
These grants are highly competitive, few in number, and are submitted to foundation headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Examples of some projects Gannett has funded include journalism workshops for minority students in colleges and multi-media and web training for journalists. Learn more about past grants here.
The application form can be found online on the foundation’s media grants page. Proposals must be mailed to the foundation manager, Sue Madden, at the funder’s McLean, Virginia, address. Online applications are not accepted. A media committee reviews proposals twice each year. Grant seekers should submit before March 1 or November 2 to be considered at the next meeting. Expect to hear back within two or three months about the committee’s decision.
This foundation also provides community action grants to support education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.
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