OVERVIEW: The Robert R. McCormick Foundation's Journalism Program is designed to encourage a more "informed, news-literate and engaged citizenry" through the support of "quality content, audience education and protection of press freedoms." They do this through a number of substantial grants each year to various organizations promoting these themes.
IP TAKE: Given that this foundation is based on a newspaper publishing fortune, it's safe to say that McCormick is in media grantmaking for the long haul.
PROFILE: The Robert R. McCormick Foundation's Journalism Program casts a fairly wide net and some of their grants can be fairly substantial.
By investing in youth journalism, professional development for current journalists and audience engagement, they strive to strengthen journalism's role in fostering and strengthening democratic practices and participation.
Before submitting proposals, organizations are asked to submit a Letter of Inquiry describing your request. Requests of more than $50,000 are due in August. Requests of amounts below that are accepted year-round. Grants can range anywhere from around $5,000 to the lower six figures, depending on the needs of your organization or program.
Recent grants include $600,000 to the Poynter Institute, $1 million to Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and $400,000 to the News Literacy Project.