Media Grants

A key role of the Gannett Foundation is investing in the future of the media industry. The Gannett Foundation supports several journalism education and training programs each year.

Our media funding mission is to support media training, technological advances in the industry, and the study of journalism at the college level, with particular attention to the First Amendment and its responsibilities. The Foundation particularly favors programs or projects that benefit the areas in which Gannett does business and that seek to encourage diversity in newsrooms and in coverage.

Our priorities are encouraging college students to enter the field of journalism and supporting innovative, national and regional training for current journalists. We do not consider funding local community programs or those at community colleges and high schools.

Eligible organizations:

  • Tax-exempt public charities classified by the Internal Revenue Service as Section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2).
  • Tax-exempt degree-granting four-year colleges or universities.

To apply for a media grant, a proposal must include the following:

  1. a completed Gannett Foundation Grant Application Form 
  2. IRS letter of determination for 501(c)3 tax exemption
  3. detailed listing of proposed use of requested funds, a one-page program budget, and a one-page summary of organization’s budget
  4. program description of no more than three pages that includes:
    • needs statement
      • objectives of the program to be funded
      • whether the program is new or ongoing
      • constituency to be served 
    • sustainability statement 
      • your organization's qualifications to carry out the program
      • how the program will be evaluated (include any tracking or historical information available)
      • plans for continued funding of the program, if applicable
      • other funding sources, committed and applied for.

Note: When requesting funding for journalist conventions, include data on attendance at 3 prior conventions.

Mail the proposal to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Ms. Pat Lyle, at the following address:

Gannett Foundation Media Committee
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22107
Deadlines: The media committee meets and reviews proposals three times during the year. Applications should be postmarked by one of these deadlines: March 1, July 15, or November 1. You will be notified of the committee’s decision via email in 60 to 90 days after the deadline. We do not accept proposals via email, messenger or hand delivery.

2012 Media Grant Highlights

$15,000 Asian American Journalists Association
Sponsorship of Executive Leadership program.
$15,000 Foundation for Minority Interests in Media-Emma Bowen
Support initiative that prepares minority students for careers in media through work/study program.
$25,000 National Association of Broadcaster Education Foundation
Sponsorship of Media Sales Institute - a ten-day training program for recent college graduates.
National Press Photographers Foundation
Support for photojournalism workshop.
$50,000 Online News Association
Continued sponsorship of regional digital training camps.
$19,470 University of Arizona Foundation
Funding for two advanced courses in publication design and technology. 
$10,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Support mentoring and career preparation components of Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media.
$10,000 University of Wisconsin Foundation – School of Journalism
Sponsor 2013 Journalism Ethics Conference.