Wallace Global Fund: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Wallace Global Fund supports progressive investigative journalism outlets.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to U.S based and foreign NGOs. Nonprofits based outside of the United States must submit proof of 501(c)(3) equivalency under U.S. law.

PROFILE: Founded by progressive politician and executive Henry A. Wallace, the Wallace Global Fund was established in 1996 when the Wallace Genetic Foundation split off into three separate foundations. The foundation remains loyal to his commitment “[t]o using the power and prestige of the aims to “[p]romote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends.” The fund’s main areas of grantmaking focus include combating the rise of the global corporatist state, fighting against threats to democracy and rights, preventing ecological collapse, and power differential and weakened NGOs.

The Wallace Global Fund supports organizations working in what it refers to as “cross-cutting themes.” Its theme, promote truth and creative freedom in media, focuses on a number of issues including supporting “truth tellers” in traditional and new media, advancing media policy activism and leveraging creative power to promote progressive change.

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $100,000. Past journalism grantees include Applied Research Center/Colorlines, which received a grant for its progressive journalism work on various issues such as women’s reproductive health and criminal justice; and Democracy Now! Which received a grant for its investigative journalism work. To learn more about the types of organizations the fund supports and at what level, explore its grantee database.

The Wallace Global Fund accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its online application system.

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