Grants

GRANT: Alaska Press Club Professional Development Funds (Up to $5,000)

In 2020, Alaska Press Club will fund professional development opportunities with support from Atwood Foundation and Knight Foundation in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation. We’d like you to partner with us to offer training and workshops that will provide reporters with the knowledge, skills and inspiration needed to do the work Alaskans depend on. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from Jan. 31 to Dec. 31, 2020 or until funds are spent. 

Examples of what Press Club can fund include moving existing training online, guest presenters, panels, bootcamps, newsroom mentorships, training registration fees, enhancement of existing training programs and the development of training tools, presentations and resources for reporters (i.e. toolkits, style guides, digital tools, online instruction, etc.). 

Priority will be given to projects that involve collaboration among newsrooms. Preferred areas of focus include basic news skills, in-depth reporting, digital journalism, communications law, journalism ethics, community engagement and increased coverage of diversity. The selection committee is open to additional areas of focus as need is demonstrated.

We expect each grantee to provide concrete ideas on how these funds can be matched to enhance the impact of available professional development dollars. Can your newsroom cover some of the costs, provide paid staff hours for organizing the effort, or document the training to share with others in our Alaska journalism community? Are there individuals or organizations who might like to sponsor this work by providing resources like work space, supplies, local transportation, lodging or snacks for participants? Is someone willing to assist with advertising efforts? What are the ways Alaska Press Club could assist?

Application Checklist (Application available here.)

Project description:  Provide an overview of the professional development opportunity you would like to offer. Who are the key experts? How were they selected? What will they provide? Who are the participants? How will they be selected? When and where will the events take place? What products will be developed?

Demonstrated need: Why this project? Why now? Who benefits and how?

Partnerships: Who are your partners and what are their roles? What are their qualifications? How will they enhance what you’d like to offer?

Budget & Match: What is the amount of your request? How will the funds be spent? Concrete ways these funds can be matched to double the impact of professional development dollars available. Please include an itemized budget, including partner contributions.

Documentation: How will you preserve this project for future reporters? Will documentation of this effort be provided to other newsrooms in Alaska?

Selection Process 

The Alaska Press Club Executive Director, Rosey Robards, will review applications as they are submitted. She will be in contact with applicants if additional information is needed. The Alaska Press Club board will then review applications on a monthly basis. Alaska Press Club board members will not apply for these funds.

For more information or clarification email alaskapressclubinfo@gmail.com.

GRANT: Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism Grants (Up to $25,000)

The Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism is looking for stories that increase public understanding of complex, underreported issues in Alaska. We encourage collaboration with local news organizations. A majority of the project team must be Alaska-based.

Applications are accepted twice a year. The application deadline is midnight (AKST) February 1 and August 1. The maximum grant is $25,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, equipment rental and specific services such data analysis and editing. More…