New Voices, administered by J-Lab and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States.
Projects can produce news and information for a geographic area such as a small town, city, county, state, or region, or they can serve a community of interest.
Funding is available for print or electronic news initiatives, including online, cable, broadcast, narrowcast, satellite, and mobile efforts. Grantees will receive $17,000 the first year and may apply for $8,000 in matching funds in the second year.
Nonprofit organizations and education institutions, including public broadcasters, independent media, and colleges and universities, are eligible to apply. Of the eight projects to be funded in 2010, at least three grants are targeted for news initiatives in Knight Foundation communities.
Applications must be submitted online by March 1, 2010. Visit the New Voices website to review the 2010 Request for Proposals.http://www.j-newvoices.org/site/story/2010rfp/