OVERVIEW: The Park Foundation's journalism grants support public interest media projects that raise awareness of "critical environmental, political and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S." It supports "quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate."
IP TAKE: Park prioritizes projects in the public interest and rarely, if ever, awards grants to individuals, so grantseekers should make sure to look at past grants before submitting a proposal.
PROFILE: Created in 1966, the Park Foundation honors the legacy of Roy H. Park, Sr. and prioritizes areas where Park Communications has interests. The foundation supports “education, public broadcasting, environment, and other selected areas of interest to the Park family.” It awards journalism grants in a variety of media categories to which it gives priority: investigative journalism, media policy, public broadcasting, and documentary films.
Investigative Journalism - These grants support organizations that focus on nationally significant public affairs issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S. Park looks for proposals in this area that "show evidence of groundbreaking content employing multi-platform media tools with potential to achieve broad distribution and social impact."
Media Policy - These grants support "nationally significant initiatives that promote fair and open media systems and policies in the U.S.," including those concerned with the future of journalism.
Public Broadcasting - These grants support nationally distributed television and radio programming and give preference to "in-depth, investigative reporting projects that include diverse, public interest voices and perspectives."
Documentary Films - This funding is the most limited of the priority funding areas, with very few documentary grants awarded annually. Films eligible for funding must be related to civil society and democracy, the environment, or animal welfare.
Past grants include $30,000 to Democracy Now! Productions, Inc. and $75,000 to the ITVS documentary desk in San Francisco. Grantseekers can see more recent grants awarded here.
Park Foundation grant applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with quarterly deadlines.
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