Application for Impact-Designed Investigative Grants
NOTE: New deadline of April 13.

With the support of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, LION is accepting applications from members for small grants that will encourage investigative and enterprise reporting. More importantly, we want you to capitalize on this reporting to build subscriptions, donations and other voluntary contributions to your newsroom. Please propose a story that will have an impact on your audience and make readers and viewers want to pay you for even more for such stories.

We expect to make grants from $500 to $1,500, and we also can provide some technical support for both the reporting and the marketing of the story. You tell us why you need the money. It could be a freelance reporter, either to pursue the story or to take over regular beat work while someone else reports. In states where public officials can charge for records, it could cover those costs. It could pay for a freelance data analyst to sift numbers. Or even travel to the far-away state capital to look at records not available anywhere else.

Each newsroom can submit up to three applications. Keep in mind, though, that we'd like to spread the love among all LION members as much as possible.

Although we realize a lot of investigative reporting results in drilling some dry holes, we're hoping for pitches that have a strong chance of seeing publication.

The deadline for this application is April 13 at 5 p.m. Eastern. For questions, contact Steve Beatty at 504-655-2375 (text or call) or stevebeatty@lionpublishers.com.

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Publication name
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Your name
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Your email address
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Tax status
Average monthly uniques over past 12 months (ballpark, no need for higher math)
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Average monthly pageviews over past 12 months (ballpark)
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Number of newsletter subscribers.
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Do you have an active and public-facing system for subscriptions, donations or other ways for non-advertisers to support your newsroom?
If yes to the question above, briefly describe it, and link to it, if possible.
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How much money are you requesting?
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Short title for your project, e.g., "Tracking where the 2014 school bond money went" or "Comparing local sentencing for similar crimes by age, race and gender."
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Explain the story you'd like to pursue.
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How would you spend the grant?
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How long after getting the grant do you expect to publish the story?
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Aside from money, what other help would you like to report, publish and promote this story, if any?
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Please link to other investigative or enterprise stories you've done, if any.
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For our future reference in making these applications, how long did it take you to fill this out?
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