INF offers grant program for local journalism projects

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation will make grants available for local journalism projects and assignments that wouldn’t be otherwise be funded or executed as well without financial support. The Foundation anticipates making grants in the range of $250 to $15,000 for worthy projects until budgeted funds are exhausted each year.

What is the purpose of this program?

To advance the cause for local journalism in Iowa, by providing financial support for specific journalism initiatives that a) are of high value to stakeholders [INA members, general public] and b) address areas of particular need or could not otherwise be accomplished without the support.

What can the funds be used for? By whom?

Grant requests covering a variety of purposes will be considered; all requests must align with the statement of purpose. Proposals must be for a specific project—general or operational funding proposals will not be considered. The Grant Review Committee has discretion over the approval of grant funds. INA members, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, K-12 schools, and individuals associated with these organizations are encouraged to apply.

Examples of projects include:

  • an investigative reporting project
  • costs associated with staff professional development training
  • support for a project by a like-minded non-profit organization

Who will comprise the Grant Review Committee?

All requests are considered by the Grant Review Committee. The committee is to be comprised of the five members of the INF Executive Committee. Additional committee members may be nominated by the INF President with assistance from INF staff—emphasizing non-INA members and candidates from fields such as economic development, higher education, and non-profit organizations.

How Can I apply?

Visit INAnews.com and click the "The Strong Newspapers Strong Communities Fund" banner to complete the application online. The deadline to apply is December 20, 2019. Recipients will be announced at the INA Convention in February.

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