Heising-Simons Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Heising-Simons Foundation supports journalistic endeavors related to its grantmaking priorities.  

IP TAKE: While this funder does not geographically restrict its funding, it awards many of its journalism grants to organizations located in and around California’s San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.

PROFILE: Mark Heising and Liz Simons founded the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2007 to “a[d]vance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.” The foundation’s current grantmaking programs include Climate and Clean Energy, Education, Human Rights, Science and Local and Emerging Opportunities.

The foundation does not have a program specifically dedicated to journalism; however, it does support organizational programs in this space. For example, the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation received funding for the expansion of its children’s health journalism and Journalism DCA received a grant for its work providing support to the journalism prize recipients and ambassadors, as well as, their work encouraging interest in the field.

Heising-Simons’ grants can range from $25,000 to over $2 million. The majority of grants, however, typically range from $50,000 to $250,000. Journalism associated grant tend to be more modest, often ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations receiving funding from Heising-Simons and the kind of work grantees are conducting, explore the foundation’s searchable grants database.

Heising-Simons does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, proposals or requests for funding.


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