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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Youth,
Economic Development, Culture, and Environment

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Gannett Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/29/18 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to enhance communities where the funding source has a business presence. Priorities include assisting the disadvantaged, economic development, education, youth development, neighborhood improvement, community problem solving, cultural enrichment, and environmental conservation.

The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc., located in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Guam.

Occasionally the Foundation will fund events, such as community festivals, parades, etc. , which are part of the fabric of local communities, and local newspapers like to participate. Fundraising events are a separate issue. Rather than contribute funds to support event costs, the Foundation prefers to make contributions which provide direct program or operating support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172570

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Multiple-year pledge campaigns will not be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to IRS Code §501(c)(3) public charities in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. Please see Contact Information below for the link to all eligible communities.

Grants will not be considered for the following purposes:

-Private foundations
-Organizations not determined by the IRS to be a tax-exempt public charity under §501(c)(3)
-Organizations classified by the IRS as 509(a)(3)
-National or regional organizations unless their programs address specific local community needs
-Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets
-Elementary or secondary schools (except to provide special initiatives or programs not provided by regular school budgets)
-Political action or legislative advocacy groups
-Endowment funds
-Multiple-year pledge campaigns
-Medical or research organizations, including organizations funding single disease research
-Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than the US and its territories
-Fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, volunteer firefighters or similar groups

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are considered twice a year. Please submit your proposal to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area.

Applications should be postmarked no later than February 28th or August 29th. Some locations have earlier deadlines, and they are listed in the Grant Contact list.

Please note that unsolicited proposals are not accepted in Indianopolis, Indiana. Please note that applications from Lancaster, Ohio and Salisbury, Maryland are only accepted in Round 1 each year.

A committee of employees reviews all proposals within one month after each deadline. Applicants are notified of final decisions about 90-120 days after deadlines. Please no phone or email inquiries.

Application Information:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send one copy of the application form and your proposal (plus attachments) to the local newspaper publisher. See here for a list of contacts in each community:

Sue Madden

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama: Montgomery;   Arkansas: Mountain Home;   California: Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Redding, Salinas, Ventura, and Visalia;   Colorado: Fort Collins;   Delaware: Wilmington;   Florida: Brevard County, Fort Myers,Naples, Pensacola, Stuart, and Tallahassee;   Indiana: Lafayette, Muncie, and Richmond;   Iowa: Des Moines, Iowa City;   Kentucky: Louisville;   Louisiana: Alexandria, Lafayette, Monroe, Opelousas, and Shreveport;   Maryland: Salisbury;   Michigan: Battle Creek, Detroit, Howell, Lansing, and Port Huron;   Minnesota: St. Cloud;   Mississippi: Hattiesburg and Jackson;   Missouri: Springfield;   Montana: Great Falls;   Nevada: Reno;   New Jersey: Asbury Park, Bergen/ Passaic, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, East Brunswick, Parsippany/Morristown, and Vineland;   New Mexico: Almagordo, Carlsbad, El Paso, Farmington, and Las Cruces;   New York: Binghamton, Elmira, Ithaca, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, and White Plains;   North Carolina: Asheville;   Ohio: Bucyrus, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Coshocton, Fremont, Lancaster, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, Port Clinton, and Zanesville;   Oregon: Salem;   Pennsylvania: Chambersburg, Hanover, Lebanon, and York;   South Carolina: Greenville and Anderson;   South Dakota: Sioux Falls;   Tennessee: Clarksville, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Murfreesboro, and Nashville;   Texas: Abilene, Corpus Christi, Dallas, San Angelo, and Witchita Falls;   Utah: St. George;   Vermont: Burlington;   Virginia: Staunton;   Washington: Kitsap;   Wisconsin: Appleton, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Wausau, and Wisconsin Rapids

USA Territories: Guam (USA)