OVERVIEW: This corporate funder 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.
FUNDING AREAS: Journalism education, training, and technology
IP TAKE: Pitch a program that gets college students interested in journalism careers. Anything with a tech angle is a plus.
PROFILE: The Gannett Foundation is a corporate funder sponsored by Gannett Co., publishers of USA Today. This is a next-generation media company that prides itself on pushing boundaries and driving real change. Its foundation awards grants in the areas the company does business. A big part of this funder’s strategy is to invest in the future of the media and journalism industries. It also reacts to natural and other disasters, contributes to a range of charitable causes, and encourages employee giving.
The Gannett Foundation supports journalism education and training programs each year. It aims to advance technology in the journalism industry, encourage the study of journalism at the college level, and to protect First Amendment rights. Ultimately, the big focus here is on getting college students to enter the journalism and to support training for working journalists at the national and regional levels. However, 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.
A big goal of Gannett’s media grantmaking is to foster and encourage women, minorities, and students interested in journalism. 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, Meg Kennedy, at the funder’s McLean, Virginia, address. Online applications are not accepted. There’s a media committee that meets to review proposals twice each year. Get yours in before March 1 or November 2 to be considered at the next meeting. You can 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.