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Who’s funding local journalism

This rundown of funders who back individual reporting projects and industry-changing innovation in local journalism is a helpful leg up for non-profit and for-profit news organizations exploring foundation support. It also includes links out to comprehensive resources for exploring foundation funding.

Kristin Hare at Poynter provides an entry point to the foundation landscape with this heavily annotated list of funders. This list is particularly helpful in understanding where different funders focus their support, whether for topical reporting projects, revenue experiments, membership rollouts, geographic areas, or other criteria.

As if the funder list weren’t enough, this resource also summarizes helpful resources from foundations and funders, including Democracy Fund’s Local News Lab, The Shorenstein Center, and leaders in the field including Democracy Fund’s Teresa Gorman, the Institute for Nonprofit News’ Sue Cross, Stefanie Murray from the Center for Cooperative Media and Local Independent Online News Publisher’s Matt DeRienzo.

Remember, the fit between a funder’s areas of interest and any proposal is the news organization’s responsibility to articulate, and this list is just a starting point. Media Impact Funders is a helpful next step for organizations expanding their prospect list.