Journalism & Media Grant Guidelines

  

Overview

The Foundation’s Journalism & Media program seeks to strengthen and sustain an independent media ecosystem that is robust, vibrant, and diverse, based on the belief that accurate, inspiring, and challenging media plays an important role in informing, engaging, and activating individuals and groups to take part in democratic practices and processes. 
To build and sustain a strong independent media ecosystem, the program supports works in three areas:

  • Professional Nonprofit Reporting
  • Nonfiction Multimedia Storytelling
  • Civic Media by Individuals and Groups

In each of the three areas, the program pursues the following objectives:

  • Build strong, independent, and sustainable organizations and networks that exemplify leadership and innovation in their fields and create and disseminate content and programming by, about, and for a diverse American public.
  • Address barriers that limit the creation of, access to, or participation in media activities, including the legal, safety, digital security, and technological challenges facing organizations and individuals.
  • Promote learning, leadership, innovation, and field-building opportunities that explore timely and emerging issues related to the production, dissemination, and engagement with journalism and media.

What MacArthur Funds

In Professional Nonprofit Reporting, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:

  • National nonprofit journalism organizations that pursue explanatory, investigative, and/or international reporting primarily for American audiences.
  • National organizations that address the legal, safety, and security challenges facing journalists.
  • Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of nonprofit journalism.

In Nonfiction Multimedia Storytelling, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:

  • National and regional organizations that fund, produce, and/or disseminate artfully crafted nonfiction storytelling projects on contemporary social issues for broadcast, web, and mobile.
  • National and regional organizations that provide training, mentoring, and support to diversify the talent pipeline for the field of nonfiction multimedia storytelling.
  • Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of nonfiction multimedia storytelling.

In Civic Media, MacArthur funds the following types of organizations:

  • National organizations that mobilize and support individuals and groups to use digital media to express and organize themselves for social change.
  • National, regional, and local organizations that identify, train, and encourage individuals and groups, particularly from traditionally under-represented communities, to engage in civic media activities.
  • Organizations and activities that support the infrastructure for, and contribute to learning and innovation in, the field of civic media.

 


While we are not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time, we are always eager to hear new ideas and perspectives.


 

Updated May 2019

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