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.



The grantmaking priorities for the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund are to promote diversity in journalism, strengthen community engagement and promote equitable journalism. While these are our priorities, we are not prescriptive in what your project should be. We welcome all kinds of ideas and we encourage collaboration on projects that will help advance the field.

We are primarily looking for projects that will yield lessons and best-practices for the field of journalism and encourage reporters and editors to think differently.

After reviewing these guidelines, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal. Organizations can call 313-961-6675 and ask for Lenzi Abma, Program Officer.

Whether or not you decide to proceed with an application, we welcome the opportunity to learn more from you about the issues and opportunities in related to journalism and engagement in Detroit.


Once you’ve reviewed the grantmaking guidelines and spoken with a program officer, it’s time to start your grant application.


You can save and return to your application at any time.

Questions? Feel free to contact


Lenzi Abma
Program Officer
313.961.6675, ext. 134