Gannett Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Gannett Foundation supports education and human services cities across the U.S. and United Kingdom that are served by its local newspapers.

IP TAKE: The Gannett Foundation funds grassroots organizations in the areas in which its many local newspapers are published and accepts applications through these local outlets. The company prioritizes projects that provide direct services to disadvantaged members of these communities. Applications processes are different for both U.S. and U.K applicants; plan accordingly.

PROFILE: Based in McLean, Virginia, the Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic sister of the Gannett media company, publisher of USA Today and many local newspapers in the U.S. This Foundation supports K-12 education through its Community Action Grants program, which supports “projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.”

Gannett's grantmaking prioritizes organizations that provide education, social services, health and mental health for disadvantaged members of communities in which Gannett operates. One grantee, Common Ground Community of Shreveport, Louisiana, used funds to improve and expand their afterschool reading program for elementary students. In New York, Backyard Sports Cares used funding to start a soccer program in underserved school districts.

Gannett invests more than $4 million a year in its Community Action program. Individual grants generally range from $1,000 to $5,000, and application is made through Gannett’s locally published newspapers. A list of grant contacts at local outlets is provided on the foundation’s website.