Alicia Patterson Foundation: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW:  This funder awards grants of one-year or six-month to individual working journalists pursuing investigative projects. Grant seekers must be a U.S. print journalist with at least five years of experience to be eligible.

IP TAKE:  This is a great opportunity for print journalists around the country. Only individuals can apply as organizations are ineligible. See also the opportunity for environmental and science writers.

PROFILE: The Alicia Patterson Foundation is based in Washington, D.C. and was established in 1965 to honor the memory of Alicia Patterson, editor and publisher of Newsday for almost 23 years. The foundation seeks “to foster, promote, sustain and improve the best traditions of American journalism” and to “provide support for journalists engaged in rigorous, probing, spirited, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public.”

This foundation awards one-year and six-month grants to journalists currently working on independent projects and to write investigative articles for The APF Reporter, an online magazine published by the foundation. An annual competition opens in June each year. Submissions must be postmarked by October 1 and are only accepted from print journalists who are U.S. citizens and have at least five years of experience. However, freelancers are welcome to apply as well. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges in the fall, and the grants provide $40,000 for full year or $20,000 for half year funding. The foundation does not match salaries and the stipend must cover travel and research costs.

Application tips and FAQ are listed on the foundation’s application instructions page. Learn about current and past fellows here, and read some of the writers’ stories here.

There is also a separate Cissy Patterson fellowship available for environmental or science topics. This fellowship was created in 2016 to honor Alicia Patterson’s aunt, Chrissy, who was a publisher too. No separate application form is needed and any environmental or science writers will be automatically considered.

Grant seekers should mail applications to the foundation at 1100 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20005. However, inquiries can be directed to 202-393-5995 or Rather than a large staff, this foundation has an executive director, president, chairman emeritus, and other board members. Grant seekers can also keep up with foundation happenings on its blog.


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