Media Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Journalism and Public Media
Projects that Focus on Important Political and Social Issues

GrantWatch ID#: 179466
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Park Foundation


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Grants to USA nonprofits for public interest media projects that increases awareness about important social, environmental, and political issues. The ultimate goal of these grants is to promote a better informed American citizenry. As such, funding will be provided to support quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate.

Program priorities include investigative journalism, media policy, and public broadcasting:

1. Investigative Journalism - This category supports excellence in reporting on nationally-significant public affairs issues in the USA. Competitive proposals will show evidence of groundbreaking content employing multi-platform media tools with potential to achieve broad distribution and social impact.

2. Media Policy - This category supports nationally-significant initiatives that promote fair and open media systems and policies in the USA. The Foundation supports projects that advance universal access to communications, a "neutral" Internet, diverse and independent ownership, public interest media and the future of journalism.

3. Public Broadcasting - This category supports nationally distributed and aired television and radio programming. Preference is given to in-depth, investigative reporting projects that include diverse, public interest voices and perspectives.

Note About Documentary Films:

The Foundation provides a very limited number of small grants to individual documentary film projects related to civil society and democracy, environment, and animal welfare. Requests for funding greatly exceed available resources, and preference is given to projects with wide distribution and community engagement. Prior to submitting a proposal, prospective applicants should contact the Foundation via phone or email to determine appropriate fit. Please be prepared to provide information regarding content and treatment, distribution, outreach, budget, funding sources (and fiscal sponsorship as appropriate).

Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.

Application Process:

Prospective applicants may want to consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry as a preliminary step before submitting a full proposal. Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically for documentary requests, when an organization is new to the Foundation, or if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines.

2017 Proposal Submission Deadlines:

January 6
March 31
July 7
September 29

Proposals must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter. Occasionally, proposals are deferred to a subsequent quarter for reasons of volume, need for additional review, or other circumstances. Applicants will be notified if a deferral occurs.

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

Applicants have the option of submitting letters of inquiry and full proposals via two mechanisms: electronically, or by mail.

1. Electronic Submissions

To reduce paper and encourage timely submissions, applicants may submit Letters of Inquiry and full proposals electronically at the following links:

- Letter of Inquiry:
- Full Grant Proposal:

2. Paper Submissions:

Emailed or faxed proposals or letter of inquiry are only accepted with prior approval from the Foundation. Please use the application documents provided below (see Supporting Documents) and submit all written correspondence to:

Park Foundation, Inc.,
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850.

General Inquiries:

Phone: 607/272-9124
Fax: 607/272-6057

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