The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund seeks to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color and partners in equity to increase civic engagement for communities of color.
Communities with the least access to relevant public affairs news—people of color, immigrants, people from low-income, rural, and urban communities, and others—are also most likely to be left out of policy creation and civic processes.
People of color-led news organizations, in particular those led by Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people, lack the capital and multiple streams of revenue to build infrastructure and resources that ensure their longevity in the field, as well as their ongoing growth and innovation.
This donor collaborative fund seeks to address the gap in capital and resources faced by these organizations.
- Adaptation of infrastructure to the internet and social media
- Multiple streams of revenue
- Development of innovating ways of delivering information
- Scaled up impact and expansion of reach to new audiences
The REJ Fund is a donor collaborative based at Borealis Philanthropy and currently includes support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Google News Initiative, and the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Recognizing organizational development and technological improvements are critical for the success of people of color-led media, this donor collaborative will provide both general support and capacity building resources to invest in the long-term sustainability of its grantees.
In addition, the collaborative’s long-term vision is to create a cohort where grantees can rise together instead of being in competition with each other. Our goal is for grantees to gain knowledge and information from each other. Over time, this fund will strengthen the ecosystem of people of color-led civic media.
In order to identify critical opportunities for investment, the Fund commissioned a study in August 2019 to develop an understanding of the current landscape of news media outlets led by and serving communities of color. Read the executive summary of insights and recommendations.
This donor collaborative is committed to the following priorities in its grantmaking focus:
- Non-profit and for-profit news organizations led by and serving communities of color and organizations dedicated to and experienced in racial equity in media
- Organizations with a depth and length of commitment to community engagement
- Emphasis on reaching people of color with content that strengthens the civic discourse/ participation
- Efforts providing timely and important news to communities who are most underserved including communities of color, low-income communities, rural areas, and immigrant populations
- Organizations developing innovative ways to reach communities they serve with relevant news
APPLYING TO THE REJ FUND
The Racial Equity in Journalism Fund invites those interested in seeking support from the Fund to submit a letter of inquiry through our online grant portal. A letter of inquiry is the first stage in the process to apply for funding.
LOIs are due by October 30, 2019 and we will make our first round of grants in March 2020.
How to Apply:
Organizations interested in submitting an LOI should take the following steps:
- Read the REJ Fund FAQs
- Watch the webinar on fund priorities, the grantmaking process, and timeline.
- Submit a letter of inquiry through our online grant portal
SUPPORTING THE RACIAL EQUITY IN JOURNALISM FUND
If you are a foundation or a donor interested in learning about how you can make a contribution to the REJ Fund or become a partner in the fund, please fill out this contact form and our team will get back to you.