Media Funders COVID-19 Response - Development Resource
Media funders around the country and the world are responding to the COVID-19 crisis with a variety of funding initiatives aimed at sustaining critical public interest information needs. Media Impact Funders is tracking these media funding resources in the spreadsheet below. This resource references funding opportunities initiated by funders for inspiration to other funders, as well as potential collaboration opportunities between funders. We’ll keep adding to this spreadsheet as more resources become available. Email us at if you know of a collaboration, initiative, fund or response that should be added here.
Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism (ACE-J)AlaskaCOVID-19 Rapid Response News Organizations Grants. ACE-J has awarded grants to 21 newspapers, radio and TV stations statewide to help strengthen their ability to serve the public while operating safely during the coronavirus pandemic. The grants will help fund laptops, video, audio and other digital equipment so that the news organizations can continue to inform the public while reporters and editors must work remotely, shut out of their newsrooms. $70,000 total
The Aspen InstituteNow accepting applications from technologists for projects that will help mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19; Winning teams will be allotted up to $15,000 over three months to execute their projects$15,000 over 3 months
Borealis PhilanthropyThe Racial Equity in Journalism Fund is a donor collaborative housed at Borealis Philanthropy. Current donors include the American Journalism Project, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Google News Initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.$2.3 million in grants to 16 news organizations serving communities of color across the country learn more about the fund and how to support its work, please contact Program Officer Tracie Powell:
Center for Cooperative MediaNew JerseyThe Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University has announced a reporting fellowship on COVID-19 for journalists covering New Jersey’s ethnic and immigrant communities. The fellowship is supported by funding from Democracy Fund and the New Jersey Local News Lab, which is a partnership of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Democracy Fund, and Community Foundation of New Jersey.Participation stipends of at least $1,500 each will be provided.April 27, 2020 further questions, email Oni Advincula at or
Colorado Media ProjectColoradoColorado Media Project is supporting the launch of COLab, a coalition of Colorado newsrooms, through strategic planning and staff support. Colorado Media Project is fiscally sponsored by Rose Community Foundation. COLab’s new COVID-19 Coverage Network becomes Colorado’s widest-ranging journalism collaboration – including key newsrooms and professional associations from the state’s print, online, television, and radio broadcast mediums, and both nonprofit and commercial newsrooms.
Corporation for Public BroadcastingUnited States$75 million in funds to distribute to to local public television and radio stations, as well as NPR and PBS.$75 million
The Democracy FundSigning "A Call to Action: Philanthropy's Committment During COVID-19" and made $10K rapid response grants to grantees with budgets under $1.5M, while relaxing grant requirements.
European Journalism CentreEuropeEuropean Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund. The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) have launched a $3 million USD fund to support hundreds of community, local and regional European news organisations.grants ranging between €5,000 and €50,000April 24, 2020
FacebookUnited StatesFacebook Journalism Project COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund offering grant opportunities to help US local news organizations continue serving communities during the coronavirus outbreak. Both for- and non-profit local news organizations will be considered for grant funding based on the criteria outlined below. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of representatives from the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN), The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Local Independent Online News Publishers (LION), Local Media Association (LMA), Local Media Consortium (LMC), National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and Facebook.Grant amounts will range from $25,000-$100,000April 24, 2020
North AmericaThe Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) is announcing 400 North American local newsrooms receiving FJP Community Network grants to support their coronavirus reporting. Located in 48 US states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and several provinces and territories in Canada, the publishers will each receive a $5,000 USD grant to cover unexpected costs associated with reporting on the crisis in their communities. The program is run in partnership with the Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Local Media Association in the US and News Media Canada and The Independent News Challenge in Canada.$5,000 USD
Fund for Investigative JournalismUnited StatesCoronavirus Rolling Grants that provide immediate emergency grants to U.S.-based freelance investigative journalists working on stories on the coronavirus that break new ground and expose wrongdoing in the public or private sector.up to $10,000 USDRolling more information please write to
Giving Tuesday Now#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. They want to focus on nonprofit journalism and journalists as a response to this pandemic. It drives home the role journalism plays in our society right now and democracy overall.
NewsMatch organization is providing training and toolkits for newsrooms to take advantage of this Giving Tuesday opportunity.
GoogleGlobalJournalism emergency relief grants for small- and medium-sized local news organizations producing original news for local communities with a digital presence.April 29, 2020
Henry Luce FoundationUnited StatesThe Foundation awarded $3.1 million in emergency grants to aid fields and communities that the Foundation has long supported. In addition, the Luce Foundation approved requests to reallocate more than $1.75 million from existing project budgets to salary or general operating support at grantee institutions.
Inasmuch FoundationOklahomaThe Inasmuch Foundation and Local Media Association have launched the Oklahoma Media Center, a statewide journalism collaborative that will develop and share news content related to COVID-19 crisis impacts in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and statewide. interested in the Center may contact Jay Small at for more information.
InternewsGlobalMedia outlets, organizations and individuals who are working to provide local language journalism and other forms of public information related to the COVID/Coronavirus pandemic and its impacts can apply for one-time only grants.$500 to $5,000 grants
International Women's Media Foundation
GlobalThe IWMF’s Journalism Relief Fund provides women-identifying journalists with the following: Living assistance to prevent homelessness and food insecurity, Acute medical care and mental health services, Childcare, Legal support.Up to $2,000 USD per request
Jacob and Valeria Langeloth FoundationUnited StatesCOVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has been put in place to enable Langeloth to address organizations’ urgent and critical needs that have arisen due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.$500 to $2,000 USD Fionda
Jerome FoundationNYC & MinnesotaIn addition to allowing more than $2.2M in project grants to be dedicated to general operating purposes and distributing more than $150,000 in emergency funds directly to Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and Jerome Film/Video/Digital Production grantees, Jerome Foundation awarded an additional total of $150,000 divided equally in support of four collaborative funds:
Artist Relief Fund offering unrestricted grants of $5,000 to artists for emergency relief, with Jerome funding restricted to artists in New York City or Minnesota;
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (St. Paul, MN) for the Emergency Relief Fund offering grants of up to $2,500 to arts organizations with budgets under $400,000 in Minnesota;
NY Community Trust (New York, NY) for the COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund to support loans and grants to arts organizations in the five boroughs of New York City; and
Springboard for the Arts (St. Paul, MN) for the Personal Emergency Relief Fund offering grants of up to $500 to artists in Minnesota for emergency relief. Cameron
Knight Foundation GlobalKnight Foundation supported the Poynter Institute COVID-19 Hub which is a hub of resources, reporting and training for journalists around the world.
Lenfest Institute for JournalismPhiladelphiaCoalition of funders including Independence Public Media Foundation, Lenfest Institute, Knight Foundation and The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund created the Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund to support community media.$2.5 million Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund welcomes additional contributions. If you or your organization wish to join as a partner to the Fund in support of your local community, please go to
The MacArthur Foundation ChicagoWill contribute to an effort led by the McCormick Foundation to establish a pooled fund for Chicago journalism organizations, the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
Media Impact FundersCoordinating a series of calls of journalism funders starting week of March 23 to discuss what funders need to do/are thinking of at this moment, and providing opportunities to find other funders to collaborate
McCormick FoundationChicagoChicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
The McCormick Foundation is partnering with organizations around Chicago to provide flexible resources to community-based organizations.
$200K in total, grants of about $10,000
National Geographic SocietyGlobalCOVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists. Writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts can apply for grants to provide local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting.$1,000–8,000 USDRolling basis
National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation
United StatesNIHCM Foundation supports timely health care journalism that informs efforts to improve the health of Americans and that examines emerging health issues and their implications for cost, quality and access.
They are now accepting letters of inquiry for the 2020-2021 funding cycle for our health care journalism grant program. Grants provide funding for health reporting, educational opportunities for health care reporters, or support for documentary films and their public engagement campaigns.
$1 millionJuly 27, 2020
New Mexico Local News FundNew MexicoThe New Mexico Local News Fund is making available emergency grants for journalists impacted by COVID-19. These are small grants capped at $750 for assistance with child care, elder care, purchasing equipment needed to work remotely, food, rent, or other unanticipated costs imposed by the pandemic. Journalism students with a demonstrated commitment to the profession such as a previous internship, or other journalism work experience are eligible.Up to $750
Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingGlobalCoronavirus News Collaboration Challenge. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.Most awards for international reporting/travel program are between $5,000 and $10,000
Renaissance JournalismSan Francisco Bay AreaRenaissance Journalism announced in May 2020 that it has created the Covid-19 Relief Grants for Local News Organizations and will award $185,000 to 20 nonprofit community, ethnic and university news organizations that are covering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Renaissance Journalism, which is based in the Bay Area, sponsors local and national journalism projects on social justice and equity issues. It began planning the relief grant program in March as the profound impacts of the pandemic began to be felt locally. News outlets began reporting revenue losses due to the economic downturn, while the journalists themselves had to adapt and protect themselves against health risks.

A number of local and national funders have already pledged support of the relief grants, including The California Wellness Foundation, Ford Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Whitman Institute. Renaissance Journalism planned the initial set of grants as an emergency response, and it is exploring future ways to continue to help Bay Area news outlets to aggressively cover the pandemic, including its long-term implications on life in the Bay Area.

Since its founding in 2009, Renaissance Journalism has sponsored special initiatives on a wide range of social justice and equity issues, including the crisis in housing insecurity and affordability, the Media & Housing Roundtables, Census 2020, equity in public schools, Detroit’s financial crisis and the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
$185,000 total information about the Covid-19 Relief Grant, contact Jon Funabiki, executive director,
Reuters InstituteGlobalIndependent News Emergency Relief Coordination (INERC) launched to coordinate help during the pandemic. Funders and others come together to coordinate emergency funding relief. The Reuters Institute will chair the group and provide analysis. INERC is open to organizations in a position to offer significant financial support to independent news media joining on the basis of support from existing members. contact the INERC secretariat at if you are interested in submitting data, joining the group, or being considered for possible help by the funders involved.
Rita Allen FoundationRita Allen Foundation has compiled a collection of civic science resources. Per Rita Allen Foundation: This collection of resources, created and recommended by members of the civic science network, is designed to support shared learning and action as we adapt and respond in the near term and look ahead together.
Skoll FoundationGlobalIn response to COVID-19, Jeff Skoll has gifted $100 million to the Skoll Foundation. Nearly all new grants will deal with direct- and second-order public health, economic, and social effects of the pandemic.$100 million
Society of Environmental Journalists Fund for Environmental JournalismNorth AmericaThe Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for rapid response story grants on three topics — climate change, conservation, and environmental health — in North America.
up to $2,500 per individual or $5,000 per team or outlet.
Sundance InstituteGlobalCOVID-19 Respond and Reimagine Plan - Emergency Relief for Independent Artists and Organizations. Launched urgent fund to support the immediate needs of artists in their community, as well as other filmmakers in need and organizations that share their focus on inclusive storytelling. One-third of the fund will support Sundance Institute-curated artists, while two-thirds will be dedicated to emergency support for the wider community of independent artists, deployed in collaboration with partner nonprofit organizations.$1 million
Wallace Global FundWallace Global Fund announced they will spend 20% of their endowment in 2020. They will immediately award $1.2M in grants to organizations doing vital work to solve the social and economic crises sparked by COVID-19 while continuing to advance systemic change for people-centered democracies and fighting for a more just and sustainable economy.
$1.2 million in grants
Working FilmsGlobalThe Documentary Impact Producer Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $4,000 to help alleviate the acute hardships faced by freelance impact producers working anywhere in the world in this time of economic uncertainty. Freelance and sole-proprietor impact producers, especially those from under resourced and underrepresented groups, are uniquely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has exacerbated the spectrum of historic inequalities they face. While emergency relief resources alone cannot address long-term career stability, the intent of this fund is to ensure impact producers, who we believe are vital to the documentary ecosystem, remain financially stable enough to continue this important work.up to $4,000August 19, 2020