Gannett Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Gannett Foundation supports human services, health and mental health through its A Community Thrives program.

IP TAKE: The Gannett Foundation funds grassroots organizations serving disadvantaged populations in the areas in which its local newspapers are published. It accepts applications for funding via Crowdrise.

PROFILE: Based in McLean, Virginia, the Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic sister of the Gannett Company, publisher of USA Today and many local newspapers in the U.S. This Foundation awards Community Action Grants through its A Community Thrives program, which prioritizes community services, health and mental health programs for disadvantaged populations.

While K-12 education is not named as a program initiative, Gannet grants have supported K-12 populations. One past 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 after school soccer programs in underserved school districts.

Gannett’s community action grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and funding is generally directed toward grassroots organizations operating in communities served by the foundation’s parent company.

This funder runs an open application process via Crowdrise. Application guidelines and due dates are available on its FAQ page.

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