Newspaper Chain Underwrites Community Development

Private Funder: Gannett Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 community grants; Funding Focus: Education and community development (Priority given to after-school programs); Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: The average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range (the foundation distributed $6.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Aug. 29.

Summary: The Gannett Foundation provides funds for family and children nonprofits in areas where Gannett has operations. The foundation has two funding pots — one exclusively for the Washington, DC metro area; another for all other communities where the company has a daily newspaper or broadcast station.

The foundation sets a wide range of priorities, including support for after-school programs, neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and help for the homeless.

Gannett’s individual newspapers and stations set their own priorities, and the foundation provides the funds. Visit the website for a list of locations. Notably, the company has operations in all states except KS, NE, ND and WY. Each year, more than 50% of funding goes for youth, education and community-service endeavors.

Info:; 703/854-6047, 703/854-6000, Pat Lyle, executive director.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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