Grantee Profile


Grants to StoryCorps

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 6 months)

    Criminal Justice

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — To collect and share the stories of people whose lives were affected by jail incarceration, as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge communications effort to change the way America thinks about and uses jails (over 18 months).

  • $500,000

    2013 (Duration 3 years)


    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — StoryCorps is a national oral history project that gives ordinary Americans the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives through intimate interviews between themselves and their loved ones. The interviews are placed in an archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and some are excerpted for public radio broadcast. Since the project began in 2003, StoryCorps has collected over 50,000 interviews involving over 90,000 people, making the StoryCorps archive the largest single collection of human voices ever recorded. The archive is a cultural and historic asset for the nation and future generations.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — StoryCorps’ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, it has given more than 80,000 people the chance to record interviews, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for future generations through its archive at the Library of Congress. It shares selected excerpts of these stories through broadcasts on National Public Radio to an audience of some 14 million weekly listeners, and through animated shorts, its popular website, podcasts, and best-selling books. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity.

  • $400,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — StoryCorps documents the lives of ordinary people with an emphasis on those most often not included in the public record. Individual Americans interview their family members, neighbors or friends and record these interviews on compact discs. StoryCorps interviews tell stories of uncelebrated people and their lives that help cross cultural divides and provide the small personal tales that best tell our history. Interview excerpts are broadcast each week on NPR’s Morning Edition and on other radio programs, podcasts, and the Internet and the collection of 40,000 interviews is housed in the Library of Congress and is available to researchers.

  • $450,000Active Strategy

    2009 (Inactive Grant)

    Journalism & Media

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — In support of general operations (over two years).

  • $200,000

    2006 (Inactive Grant)


    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — To help create a cash flow reserve fund.

  • $50,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)


    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — In support of StoryCorps, an oral history project.

  • $75,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — In support of StoryCorps, an oral history project.

  • $50,000

    1997 (Inactive Grant)

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — To support educational outreach to supplement "The Ghetto Life Series" radio documentary, in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded StoryCorps $3,025,000 between 1983 and 2015.

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