Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund Grant Application

Applying for Grants


The Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund will award at least $270,000 through the second round of grants in late 2018. While we do not have a set grant range, applicants should be aware that the larger the amount requested, the more competitive the application will need to be. Applicants should base the amount requested on the scope of the project.

Who May Apply

The Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund will make grants to either media-specific organizations or to community organizations that are proposing to do this work in collaboration with a media partner. Detroit Journalism Cooperative members are eligible to apply if it is for a project not already receiving Knight or Ford Foundation support, and if the project is being done in collaboration with a community partner that is not a member of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. Current Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund grantees are also eligible to apply, if it is for the next phase of their current projects.

Applicants must be located in and/or serve southeast Michigan, with a preference toward a focus on the city of Detroit. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations or organizations that have a strong nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Organizations must have an independent certified financial audit or a completed Form 990 (indicating tax exemption status).

Note: We do not make grants to individuals, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.


October 22,2018: Application deadline! Completed proposals must be submitted online by 11:59pm.

November 2018: All applications will be reviewed during this time. Project staff may contact the applicant to request additional information if necessary.

December 6, 2018: Grant decisions and award information will be shared with applicants. If a grant is approved, the award letter will be sent by the end of the year. The first payment will be made in January 2019, conditional upon receiving signed terms of grant agreement.

December 13, 2018: Awards will be publicly announced.

Questions? Feel free to contact


Lenzi Abma
Program Officer
313.961.6675, ext. 134