The News Integrity Initiative (NII), Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism created the Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF), a new grant-making initiative to help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. The Fund will subsidize the costs for newsrooms to adopt proven technology tools that enable them to engage with and listen to their communities.

 CLEF provides need-based grants, and it will give preference to:

  • Non-profit journalistic entities (e.g., news outlets, public media, journalism schools)
  • Community-based for-profit media (e.g., ethnic media, LION members)
  • First-time partners of the Coral Project’s Talk, The Listening Post Membership, or DocumentCloud & MuckRock

Please complete your application by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

If you have any questions about this application, please reach out to Cheryl Thompson-Morton at cheryl@lenfestinstitute.org

This is the application for a subsidy for Listening Post from the Community Listening and Engagement Fund. 


In order to qualify for this subsidy, you must meet the following requirements:

  • The organization must be a U.S. based newsroom, or have a fiscal sponsor in the U.S. 
  • The organization must be able to cover a portion of the expenses associated with the Listening Post. 
  • The organization must commit to integrating the Listening Post's methodology into their newsroom workflow.
  • If awarded a CLEF subsidy, your newsroom agrees to participate in a study conducted by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

 If your organization fails to meet these requirements, your application will be rejected, or, if awarded a subsidy, the organization could be asked to repay the subsidy back to the Lenfest Institute.
Please complete your application by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

If you have any questions about this application, please reach out to Cheryl Thompson-Morton at cheryl@lenfestinstitute.org

This is the application for a subsidy for DocumentCloud & MuckRock from the Community Listening and Engagement Fund. 

In order to qualify for this subsidy, you must meet the following requirements:
 

  • The organization must be a U.S. based newsroom, or have a fiscal sponsor in the U.S. 
  • The organization must be able to cover a portion of the expenses associated with DocumentCloud & MuckRock -- the percentage subsidy will depend on a newsroom’s resources and ability to pay and the availability of funds. 
  • The organization must commit to integrating DocumentCloud & MuckRock into their editorial workflow.
  • If awarded a CLEF subsidy, your newsroom agrees to participate in a study conducted by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

If your organization fails to meet these requirements, your application will be rejected, or, if awarded a subsidy, the organization could be asked to repay the subsidy back to the Lenfest Institute. Please complete your application by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

If you have any questions about this application, please reach out to Cheryl Thompson-Morton at cheryl@lenfestinstitute.org

This is the application for a subsidy for the Coral Project's "Talk" from the Community Listening and Engagement Fund. 


In order to qualify for this subsidy, you must meet the following requirements:
 

  • The organization must be a U.S. based newsroom, or have a fiscal sponsor in the U.S. 
  • The organization must be able to cover a portion of the expenses associated with "Talk" -- the percentage subsidy will depend on a newsroom’s resources and ability to pay and the availability of funds. 
  • The organization must commit to integrating these "Talk" into their editorial workflow.
  • If awarded a CLEF subsidy, your newsroom agrees to participate in a study conducted by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

 If your organization fails to meet these requirements, your application will be rejected, or, if awarded a subsidy, the organization could be asked to repay the subsidy back to the Lenfest Institute.
Please complete your application by midnight EST on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018.

If you have any questions about this application, please reach out to Cheryl Thompson-Morton at cheryl@lenfestinstitute.org

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