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

Hearken is offering on-site visits to our CLEF partners with support from Lenfest’s subsidy pool. The Hearken team will collaborate with key stakeholders at your organization to design an agenda for the day together. 

The objective of this time together in their normal work environment will be to enable partners to better operationalize engagement, maximize use of Hearken’s processes and product, and connect those efforts to the ROI objectives defined with Lenfest’s support. 

Hearken one-day on-sites are $5,000/consultant plus travel. An on-site is always available to you as a partner - but in this instance you are able to apply to get support subsidizing it.