Applications are now open for the third round of grants from Colorado Media Project’s Advancing Equity in Local News fund. The goal of this initiative is to build newsroom and community capacity to address inequities, and to harness a wider array of partners and community assets to create a healthier, more inclusive public square in Colorado.
The application deadline to receive funding for 2024 projects is November 27, 2023. This year’s open-call grant opportunity is made possible through pooled support from The Colorado Trust, The Colorado Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, RootED Denver, Gates Family Foundation, Democracy Fund and The Bohemian Foundation.
CMP’s Advancing Equity in Local News grants support projects that are informed by and responsive to recommendations put forth by Voices Initiative working groups representing Colorado’s Black, Latinx, AANHPI and Indigenous communities, convened by the Colorado News Collaborative between 2021 and 2023. Applicants are encouraged to reference specific recommendations that your project seeks to addresses.
The third round of Advancing Equity in Local News grants will again support projects that address one or more of these three priorities:
• Support internal diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) capacity-building efforts in Colorado newsrooms.
• Strengthen connections and build trust between Colorado newsrooms and the diverse communities they serve.
• Support more diverse and inclusive civic news leadership, entrepreneurship, ownership and narratives.
Colorado Media Project will host a Zoom information session on Friday, Nov. 3 from 12:00 – 1:00p.m. MT to answer questions about this opportunity and the application and selection process.
Grant amounts will vary depending on the scope of the projects and the total number of outlets funded. The total grant amount per project for most projects will range between $5,000 and $25,000, with potential for more funding for projects that involve multiple well-coordinated partners and/or have the potential to deliver significant impact. Applicants will be asked to identify additional organizational resources (eg: staff time, material support from leadership, in-kind or financial resources from other sources or partners) that they plan to dedicate to the project, in addition to the requested grant funds. Organizations that received AELN grants in 2022 and/or 2023 are eligible to reapply for new work or continuation of their existing projects, and new applicants are also encouraged.