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.