Journalism & Media Grant Guidelines

Understand guideline and funding cycles

MacArthur publishes program guidelines to help applicants determine whether their idea for a grant fits within a particular grantmaking strategy.

As a general rule, applicants should base this decision on three related criteria that appear in program guidelines: the topical focus addressed by the grantmaking strategy; the geographic area covered by the grantmaking strategy; and, finally, the type of funding (i.e., general operating support, research, program support, etc.) that supports the grantmaking strategy.

Like most strategic grantmaking foundations, the MacArthur Foundation considers funding only those applications that closely match the topical, geographic, and funding criteria for a specific grantmaking strategy.

Overview

The Foundation’s Journalism and 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.
In order to build and sustain a strong independent media ecosystem, the program support 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:

  • Foster strong organizations that create and disseminate journalism and media.
  • Address barriers that challenge the pursuit of independent journalism or limit diversity in media.
  • Promote widespread dissemination of and engagement with alternative and independent media.
  • Accelerate learning and innovation that advances 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.

 

The Foundation is not accepting unsolicited proposals at this time. Please direct your inquiries to journalismandmedia@macfound.org.

 


Updated May 2016