The Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative

This two-year, $2 million grant program will provide core operating support and capacity-building funding to nonprofit and for-profit local news organizations in the Philadelphia region. The Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative will award up to 16 grants to for-profit and nonprofit local news organizations with operating revenue budgets between $500,000 – $5 million. Organizations with revenue or operating budgets outside of this range will be considered case-by-case. The Initiative will award up to 16 grants: 8 two-year grants of up to $100,000 and 8 two-year grants of up to $150,000. The Lenfest Institute will actively engage with its Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative grantees to share expertise from its local and national partners as well as lessons learned from among this group with the broader community.   The Philadelphia Local News Sustainability Initiative will provide critical business resources to be used to assist with an organization’s primary sustainability functions such as digital transformation, implementation of new revenue activities, customer and community engagement plans, or expansion of mission-critical staffing. Its nonprofit media partners are also eligible to apply for core operating support to use in support of their mission and to cover overhead expenses such as rent, salaries, equipment, and other day-to-day costs provided that these investments are tied tangibly to measurable business and sustainability goals.  Applications are now open. The deadline for eligible organizations to apply is September 15 at 11:59 p.m. 

Opportunity offered by:

The Lenfest Institute

Journalism requires new business models, powerful innovations and diverse audiences. The Lenfest Institute is working throughout local news ecosystems, in Philadelphia and beyond, to crack the code on a sustainable…
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General Funding
Newsroom Innovation

Application deadline:
September 15, 2023