American Journalist Project Local News Incubator

Individuals and small teams with ideas for new local news organizations can apply for this 18-month incubator, which will provide both startup capital and expert counsel. For this cohort, the AJP will select up to four individuals or pairs. Founders will receive $400,000 to pursue their startup full time and spend 18 months researching, developing an editorial strategy to fill the local news and information needs they identify in a given market, fundraising, coalition-building and preparing to launch an organization. 

AJP will use its experience supporting grantees and launching nonprofit news startups to provide teams with a roadmap, coaching, and technical assistance to identify communities, understand information needs and the existing news ecosystem,  fundraise, set up organizational infrastructure (e.g. incorporation, insurance, board and governance, tax exemption status), and ultimately support the launch of a solution to meet community needs. 

Opportunity offered by:

American Journalism Project

The American Journalism Project is a new venture philanthropy organization dedicated to local news. By providing course-altering investments and venture support to civic news organizations, the American Journalism Project is…
Opportunity type


Location(s) where available

United States (all)

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Areas of focus

General Funding
Local Journalism
Newsroom Innovation

Applications accepted starting:
December 14, 2022
Application deadline:
February 15, 2023