Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund Grant Application

Applying for Grants


The Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund will award $220,000 through a first round of grants in late 2017. While we do not have a set grant range, applicants should be aware that the larger the amount requested, the more competitive the pool will 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.

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 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.


November TBD: Application deadline! Completed proposals must be submitted.

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

December TBD: 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, conditional upon receiving signed terms of grant agreement.

December TBD: Awards will be publicly announced.


Steps in applying to the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund are as follows:


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.

Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

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.

Start an Application


You can return to your application at any time via the link below.

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