Gannett Foundation: Grants for College Readiness

OVERVIEW: The Gannett Foundation provides a range of grants in different areas. Its support for education causes includes a wide variety of grants focused on college readiness in communities where the media powerhouse does business.

IP TAKE: The Gannett Company supports a wide range nonprofits that help students overcome extraordinary hurdles - physical, economic, or otherwise - to completing high school, perceiving college as an option, and getting into and succeeding in the postsecondary world.

PROFILE: The Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Gannett Company, an international media and marketing giant. In one recent year, the totality of Gannett Foundation grants and matching gifts programs amounted to more than $6.5 million. According to its FAQ, “about 80 percent of [its] community grants target grassroots organizations in the areas of social/human services, health and mental health, benefiting the most disadvantaged people in our communities.”

The Gannett Foundation’s Community Action Grants program supports a broad range of organizations and programs, with priorities in education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. However, Gannett prioritizes organizations that are “grass-roots” and “local.” National programs that happen to be headquartered in one of Gannett’s communities will not have much success. Past college readiness grantees include multiple "stay in school" programs designed to ensure high school completion, such as an "emerging Leaders Program [that] assists Latinos in graduating from high school, apply[ing] for and succeed[ing] in college." In addition, Gannett has funded Girls, Inc. and Yonkers Partners, among others.

Gannett Community Action Grants range from about $1,000 to $5,000. Grantseeking organizations must be located in a community served by a Gannett affiliate newspaper publisher. The foundation does not accept applications through its main website, so grantseekers must locate their local newspaper’s contact information on this list.

Note that different regions may have varying deadlines and funding priorities. The foundation considers application twice a year, typically with late February and late August deadlines.

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