Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation supports high-quality investigative journalism, professional training, and increasing the availability of new investigative data gathering and distribution tools for journalists. 

IP TAKE: While Buck prioritizes organizations in New York and Connecticut, it also funds organizations from across the United States. It awards both project-specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1999 by Dr. Peter Buck and his wife Carmen Lucia, the Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation (PCLB) “seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.” The foundation supports programs in education, the greater Danbury area, conservation, medical, science and scouts, and journalism. The foundation views high-quality investigative journalism as a critical component of a free and democratic society.

PCLB's Journalism program supports organizations that not only conduct high-quality investigative journalism, but also offer professional training and make new investigative data-gathering and distribution tools available to journalists.

PCLB's journalism grants range from $10,000 to $125,000, but most are $10,000 to $50,000. PCLB gave Vanderbilt University an award for its television news archive project. It gave ProPublica a general operating support grant. To get a broader sense of the organizations the foundations supports, explore the recent grants page. The foundation prioritizes organizations based in New York and Connecticut, but gives grants to groups outside those areas.

PCLB does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding. It does, however, encourage prospective grantees to get in touch with foundation staff to discuss their work.


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