Knight’s Journalism and Democracy Initiative FAQ
We fund organizations and projects that are building the infrastructure for sustainable, impactful journalism in the digital age. Our focus is on scalable organizations and projects that can deliver services on the local level across the United States. While some foundations support editorial projects around specific content areas and topics, Knight’s Journalism Program does not.
Knight typically invests $30 million a year in strengthening journalism, or $150 million over five years. This initiative increases the investment by another $150 million over the next five years. Close to $100 million of that increase has been committed.
We support some amazing organizations that are helping build local news. These include the Institute for Nonprofit News, LION Publishers, the News Revenue Hub, ONA Local and Emma Bowen Foundation. Read more about How to Build a Sustainable Local News Organization, or How Training Can Improve Local News, Make It More Inclusive. Contact any of these organizations directly if you think your idea may align.
Knight is always open to funding requests that align with our stated strategy. Read more about what we fund.
If your project aligns, the first step in submitting a funding request is to use our grant portal Fluxx to submit an online letter of inquiry. Click “Submit a Funding Proposal” below to be routed to Fluxx. In Fluxx click “Submit a grant request” to complete the letter of inquiry where you will fill out a brief form summarizing your project and explaining why you are the one to carry it out.
If we are interested in a full proposal, we will contact you with a Fluxx username and password and a link to the proposal form.
Due to the high volume of requests, the review period might take longer than usual.