The Poynter Institute’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Journalism

The Gannett Foundation supports the Institute’s important leadership program that increases graduates’ earning potential, enhances management skills, and leads to professional growth as measured by roles, earnings and responsibilities.

Sports Journalism Institute Boot Camp

Gannett Foundation invests in the advancement of under-represented populations working in sports media through the Sports Journalism Institute’s Boot Camp at the Arizona State University’s Cronkite School, which has trained more 350 women and minorities.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference

Gannett Foundation invests in strengthening the effectiveness of investigative journalists by supporting the IRE’s annual conference.

Media Grants

The Gannett Foundation invests in the future of the media industry by supporting journalism education and training programs with particular interest in programs or projects that seek to encourage diversity in newsrooms and in coverage.

 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:

  • A completed Gannett Foundation Media Grant Application Form
  • IRS letter of determination for 501(c)3 tax exemption
  • Detailed listing of proposed use of requested funds, a one-page program budget, and a one-page summary of organization’s budget
  • Program description of no more than three pages that includes:

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
  • When requesting funding for journalist conventions, include data on attendance at 3 prior convention

Needs statement

  • objectives of the program to be funded
  • whether the program is new or ongoing
  • constituency to be served

    Please apply by using the online form and uploading attachments. If you experience difficulty please email the Foundation at

    Deadlines: The media committee meets and reviews proposals twice per year. Applications should be postmarked by one of these deadlines: March 1 or October 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 messenger or hand delivery.