Park Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Park Foundation's grants in journalism are based around their support for public interest media projects that raise awareness of "critical environmental, political and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S." They support "quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate."

IP TAKE: Park places a high emphasis on projects in the public interest and rarely, if ever, awards grants to individuals, so make sure to take a look at past grants they've awarded before submitting your proposal.

PROFILE: The Park Foundation 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 are awarded to organizations that focus on nationally significant public affairs issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S. They're looking 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 are given to nationally distributed television and radio programming, with preference given 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.

Recently, $30,000 went to Democracy Now! Productions, Inc. and $75,000 went to the ITVS documentary desk in San Francisco. You can see more recent grants awarded here.

Park Foundation grant applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with quarterly deadlines.

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