OVERVIEW: Journalism grants from Ohio-based Scripps Howard Foundation fund a wide range of controversial issues, including First Amendment causes.
IP TAKE: This is a very approachable funder, but its giving roster includes quite a few well-known names in the field. Grantseekers should expect a decent amount of competition.
PROFILE: The Scripps Howard Foundation was established in 1962 by Charles Scripps, Jack Howard, and Edward Scripps. Since then, the foundation has empowered journalists and investigative reporters covering “controversial issues with insight and integrity.” It prioritizes “identifying and supporting life-changing community programs and empowering journalists who inform and engage all of us through their outstanding investigations, storytelling and communications.”
Scripps’ Journalism Grants program supports multimedia education, First Amendment causes, research and career development. The foundation also awards grants to organizations and programs that “foster diversity, ethics support for a free press, and entrepreneurial enterprise in the communications profession.”
Grant amounts range widely, from $500 up to $750,000, but most fall between $1,000 and $50,000. Examples of past grantees include Society of New Design, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press.
Scripps accepts unsolicited grant requests twice per year: on April 1 for grants awarded in late June, and October 15 for grants awarded in late December. Grantseekers with additional questions should contact Dr. Battinto Batts by phone at 513-977-3030 or by email at Battinto.Batts@Scripps.com. Apply here.
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