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Grants to USA Nonprofits for Media Projects Addressing
Political, Social, and Environmental Issues

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Park Foundation

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations for media projects that raise awareness of important political, social, and environmental issues. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry or contact program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to support a quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate. Program priorities include investigative journalism, media policy and public broadcasting.

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

Media Policy supports nationally-significant initiatives that promote fair and open media systems and policies in the U.S. 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.

Public Broadcasting 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.

Documentary Films supports a very limited number of small grants to individual documentary 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179466

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. Capital grants are highly selective and generally limited to nonprofits in Tompkins County, NY.

Pre-Application Information:

Before developing a proposal, prospective grantees should consult Program Interests to determine the potential for funding. Calls or emails to program staff are also welcome to help assess fit with program interests. Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis; please see the application deadlines below. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are accepted at any time. Once an LOI is submitted please do not submit a full proposal unless contacted by a staff member.

For Documentary Films: Prior to submitting a proposal, prospective applicants should contact the Foundation via phone or e-mail to determine appropriate fit. Please be prepared to provide information regarding content and treatment, distribution, outreach, budget, funding sources (and fiscal sponsorship as appropriate).

2018 Deadlines:
-January 5
-March 29
-July 12
-September 21

Park Foundation offices are closed for most federal Holidays and for the week of 12/25-29/2017.

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.

Letter of Inquiry:

Full Grant Proposal:

Tania Yannarilli, Grants Manager


Park Foundation
140 Seneca Way
Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850

P: 607/272-9124
F: 607/272-6057

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