Media > Investigative Reporting & Public Interest Media

These grants include investigative reporting projects, watchdog and independent journalism, and other non-commercial media projects that serve the public interest and ensure a better informed citizenry.

2017


Common Dreams, Inc

Portland, ME
General Support
$100,000
www.commondreams.org

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
OtherWords
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago, IL
Climate Change Activism Series
$20,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Lost Light Projects, Inc.

Ghent, NY
General support for InsideClimate News
$50,000
www.insideclimatenews.org

North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc.

Newport, NC
Filling the Information Gap at the Coast: Coastal Review Online
$10,000
www.nccoast.org

American University

Washington, DC
Investigative Reporting Workshop
$200,000
www.investigativereportingworkshop.org

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
Watchdog in the corridors of power
$300,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support for Mother Jones
$100,000
www.motherjones.com

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw, GA
Center for Sustainable Journalism
$20,000
www.research.kennesaw.edu

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
In the Spotlight: North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Associated Press Media Editors Foundation

New York, NY
APME NewsTrain
$20,000
www.apme.com

Center for Political Accountability

Washington, DC
CPA-Zicklin Index
$15,000
www.politicalaccountability.net

Center for Responsive Politics

Washington, DC
The New Administration and Congress in 2017: Tracking Conflicts of Interest, Exposing Foreign Lobbying and Revealing Dark Money
$20,000
www.OpenSecrets.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
Democracy Now! General Support
$30,000
www.democracynow.org

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Grants for independent investigative reporters
$50,000
www.fij.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

Oakland, CA
General operating support
$20,000
www.accuracy.org

MapLight

Berkeley, CA
Empowering Robust Investigative Journalism on Money and Politics
$15,000
www.maplight.org

Tides, Inc.

San Francisco, CA
Support for Truthdig's Independent Journalism in the Public Interest
$15,000
www.tides.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

2016


Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Water Project
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$100,000
www.commondreams.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
General operating
$15,000
www.fair.org

Nation Institute

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
The Revolution Where You Live: Stories From a 12,000 Mile Road Trip Through a New America
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

ProPublica, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$125,000
www.propublica.org

Alliance for Justice

Washington, DC
General operating support
$15,000
www.afj.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
The Chemical Collusion Papers Project
$25,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
Common Dreams - General Operating Expenses
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Government Accountability Project, Inc.

Washington, DC
Climate Science & Policy Watch: Climate Policy & Accelerated Fossil Fuel Devlopment Oversight
$30,000
www.whistleblower.org

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
OtherWords
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago, IL
General operations for In These Times
$15,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Media Alliance

San Francisco, CA
The Ithaca Voice - Audience Engagement Initiative
$35,000
www.media-alliance.org

Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Washington, DC
Dangerous Medicines: Drug Safety Oversight
$15,000
www.citizen.org/hrg

Lost Light Projects, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY
General support for InsideClimate News
$50,000
www.insideclimatenews.org

American University

Washington, DC
Investigative Reporting Workshop
$200,000
www.american.edu

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$300,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
Mother Jones' reporting on Dark Money/Climate Desk reporting
$100,000
www.motherjones.com

Helen Caldicott Foundation

Asheville, NC
Support to complete the book editing from a 2015 Symposium
$15,000
www.helencaldicottfoundation.org

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw, GA
General operating support
$20,000
www.sustainablejournism.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina News Service Project
$15,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Brave New Films

Culver City, CA
Koch Brothers and Inequality
$25,000
www.bravenewfilms.org

Center for Responsive Politics

Washington, DC
General support for A Pivotal Moment: Changing Landscapes in Campaign Finance
$15,000
www.OpenSecrets.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.motherjones.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Grants for independent investigative reporters
$50,000
www.fij.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

2015


Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, MI
Water Project
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington , VA
Consortiumnews.com General Operating Expenses
$20,000
www.consortiumnews.com

Earth Island Institute, Inc.

Berkeley, CA
Green Journalism Fund
$12,500
www.earthislandjournal.org

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
CounterSpin
$20,000
www.fair.org

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund 
$40,000
www.nationinstitute.org

Project on Government Oversight

Washington , DC
General operating support for POGO Transparency, Accountability and Oversight
$25,000
www.pogo.org

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Washington , DC
General operating support
$10,000
www.rcfp.org

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Inc.

St Petersburg, FL
Fact-Checking: Seeking Truth in an Election Year
$15,000
www.poynter.org

Tides Foundation

San Francisco, CA
Support for Independent Journalism in the Public Interest
$15,000
www.tidecenter.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston , MA
FRONTLINE 2016 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

EducationNC

Raleigh, NC
General operating support for online journalism to transform education policy in North Carolina
$25,000
www.ednc.org

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago, IL
General operating support for In These Times magazine
$15,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Lost Light Projects, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY
General Operating Support for InsideClimate News
$25,000
www.insideclimatenews.org

MapLight

Berkeley, CA
Tracking Money and Influence in U.S. Congress
$15,000
www.maplight.org

American University

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
Mother Jones' reporting on Dark Money and Climate Desk reporting
$100,000
www.climatedesk.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, NY
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
General operating support
$40,000
www.fair.org

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Grants for independent investigative reporters
$50,000
www.fij.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

Oakland, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.accuracy.org

iTVS

San Francisco, CA
ITVS Documentary Desk initiative
$75,000
www.itvs.org

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw, GA
Support for Youth Today and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
$20,000
www.sustainablejournism.org

Nation Institute

2014


Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Investigative work on fracking and its impact on water
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington, VA
General operating support
$10,000
www.consortiumnews.com

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.motherjones.com

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc.

Arlington, VA
General operating support of PBS NewsHour
$200,000
www.weta.org

Women Make Movies, Inc.

New York, NY
America: COMPROMISED, documentary series on institutional corruption
$100,000
www.wmm.com

American University

Washington, DC
Training the Next Generation of Investigative Journalists
$200,000
www.american.edu

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support (over three years)
$45,000
www.commondreams.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
The Climate Desk and Mother Jones' Dark Money Reporting
$100,000
www.climatedesk.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Independent Production Fund

New York, NY
Moyers & Company
$500,000
www.IPFmedia.org

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund to facilitate the development and publication of socially significant investigative reporting
$10,000
www.nationinstitute.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

2013


Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Fracking and our Environment
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
Democracy Now!'s live on-the-ground coverage of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland
$30,000
www.democracynow.org

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

New York, NY
Production and distribution of the weekly media criticism radio program, CounterSpin
$10,000
www.fair.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$20,000
www.motherjones.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Grants for Investigative Reporters
$50,000
www.fij.org

International Center for Global Communications Foundation, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support for Mediachannel.org
$15,000
www.mediachannel.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
The Path to a New Economy
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

The American Prospect

Washington, DC
The Shale Rebellion, A Multi-Media Presentation
$15,000
storyscapes.prospect.org/shale-rebellion/

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
Support for OtherWords editorial service
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

International Media Project

Oakland , CA
Support for the radio series Making Contact
$10,000
www.radioproject.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
National reporting on the citizenship/democracy beat with a special emphasis on corporate personhood in the wake of Citizens United
$25,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
General support for InsideClimate News to report and publish articles on two beats: air and water pollution related to hydraulic fracturing; and an investigation into the U.S. petcoke industry and its financing
$25,000
www.publicinterestprojects.org

American University

Washington, DC
Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age and an Exploration of New
Models for the Profession
$175,000
www.american.edu

Center for Public Integrity

Washington , DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco , CA
The Climate Desk and Mother Jones' Dark Money Reporting
$100,000
www.climatedesk.org

Institute for Public Affairs

Chicago , IL
General operating support for In These Times Magazine
$15,000
www.inthesetimes.com

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
News coverage through the North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Women Make Movies, Inc.

New York, NY
The Laura Flanders Show

$20,000
www.wmm.com

Brave New Foundation

Culver City, CA
War Costs Campaign
$25,000
www.bravenewfoundation.org

Collective Heritage Institute

Santa Fe, NM
Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature radio series
$20,000
www.bioneers.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington, VA
General operating support
$10,000
consortiumnews.com

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
Democracy Now! Productions
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

Oakland, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.accuracy.org

International Forum on Globalization

San Francisco, CA
Plutonomy Program
$10,000
www.ifg.org

Nation Institute

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
2013 Strategic Initiative
$10,000
www.freespeech.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

2012


Foundation for National Progress

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$30,000
www.motherjones.com

International Center for Global Communications Foundation, Inc.

New York, NY
Mediachannel.org
$15,000
www.mediachannel.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island , WA
The Path to a New Economy
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

WGBH Educational Foundation

Boston, MA
FRONTLINE 2013 Series Support
$600,000
www.wgbh.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Fracking and Water Project
$50,000
www.prwatch.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Corporate Research Project on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
$5,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
To expand the live, on-the-ground news coverage during the 2012 Election Cycle and 100-city Community Media Tour
$5,000
www.democracynow.org

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting grants to journalists for 12 groundbreaking stories in the US on critical issues not reported in the mainstream media
$75,000
www.fij.org

Institute for Policy Studies

Washington, DC
Expand the reach of OtherWords editorial service as it ramps up its new Economic Hardship Reporting Project
$15,000
www.ips-dc.org

MapLight

Berkeley, CA
Tracking money and influence in the US Congress
$15,000
maplight.org

North Carolina Justice Center

Raleigh, NC
Analysis and reporting on budget and tax issues
$10,000
www.ncjustice.org

American University

Washington, DC
Promoting Excellence in Reporting
$175,000
www.american.edu

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.iwatchnews.org

Media in the Public Interest, Inc.

Boulder, CO
North Carolina news coverage through the North Carolina News Service
$20,000
www.mediainthepublicinterest.org

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
WBAI Community News Stringer Project providing training for community-based young people interested in learning the basics of news
$12,000
www.pacifica.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
Democracy Now! Daily Global News Program
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Institute for Public Accuracy

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.accuracy.org

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
General operating support
$10,000
www.freespeech.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truth-out.org

Brave New Foundation

Culver City, CA
War Costs Campaign
$25,000
www.bravenewfoundation.org

2011


Community Service Society of New York

New York, NY
City Limit's investigative policy journalism project, "The Urban Agenda"
$10,500
www.cssny.org

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$30,000
www.motherjones.com

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund to incubate and support groundbreaking investigative stories with the potential for social impact
$15,000
www.investigativefund.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
YES! magazine's, High Impact Campaign, for the Jobs and Livelihoods issue
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

Raleigh Public Record, Inc.

Raleigh, NC
Environmental reporting in Raleigh
$10,000
www.raleighpublicrecord.org

Center for Media and Democracy

Madison, WI
Corporate Research Project to investigate the influence of corporations on bills introduced in legislatures across the country
$31,000
www.prwatch.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$15,000
www.commondreams.org

Consortium for Independent Journalism, Inc.

Arlington, VA
General operating support
$20,000
consortiumnews.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting grants to journalists for 12 groundbreaking stories in the U.S. on critical issues not reported in the mainstream media
$75,000
www.fij.org

Independent Production Fund

New York, NY
The multimedia project, Moyers & Company
$1,000,000
www.IPFmedia.org

American University

Center for Public Integrity

Media , DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
The WBAI Community News Stringer Project, providing training for community-based young people interested in learning the basics of news reporting
$12,000
www.pacifica.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
Center for Investigative Journalism's continued research into the activities and policies of Cargill, Inc.
$16,500
www.publicinterestprojects.org

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Washington, DC
General operating support for Global News Partnership
$20,000
pulitzercenter.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media

St. Paul, MN
Marketplace's, Economy 4.0, radio series with David Brancaccio
$250,000
www.americanpublicmedia.org

Public Communicators, Inc./Free Speech TV

Denver, CO
Network expansion of Free Speech TV
$10,000
www.freespeech.org

2010


Institute for Media Analysis, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support for GRITtv with Laura Flanders and to help launch an investigative series of in-depth reports and a major promotion and distribution drive
$25,000
www.GRITtv.org

Nation Institute

New York, NY
The Investigative Fund to incubate and support groundbreaking investigative stories with the potential for social impact
$15,000
www.nationinstitute.org

Asheville Global Report

Asheville, NC
Expand the production and reach of the Global Report, a multimedia news content provider that covers under-reported national and international issues
$15,000
www.theglobalreport.org

Aubin Pictures, Inc

New York, NY
Pilot phase of Pop and Politics Radio
$6,000
www.aubinpictures.com

Fund for Investigative Journalism

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting grants to journalists for 12 groundbreaking stories in the U.S. on critical issues not reported in the mainstream media
$75,000
www.fij.org

Public Education Center, Inc.

Washington, DC
The investigative reporting of the National Security News Service
$10,000
www.dcbureau.org

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
The WBAI Community News Stringer Project, providing training for community-based young people interested in learning the basics of news reporting
$6,000
www.pacifica.org

Pacifica Foundation

Berkeley, CA
The WBAI Community News Stringer Project, providing training for community-based young people interested in learning the basics of news reporting
$6,000
www.pacifica.org

American University

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$250,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
Center for Investigative Journalism's continued research into the activities and policies of Cargill, Inc.
$20,000
www.publicinterestprojects.org

Common Dreams, Inc.

Portland, ME
General operating support
$10,000
www.commondreams.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Truthout

Sacramento, CA
General operating support
$15,000
www.truthout.org

2009


American University

Washington, DC
General operating support for the Investigative Reporting Workshop
$150,000
www.investigativereportingworkshop.org

Center for Public Integrity

Washington, DC
General operating support
$225,000
www.publicintegrity.org

Democracy Now! Productions, Inc

New York, NY
General operating support
$25,000
www.democracynow.org

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
Assignment 2020: Reporting as if the Future Depended on It, a collaborative journalism initiative on climate change issues
$100,000
www.motherjones.com

Foundation for National Progress/Mother Jones

San Francisco, CA
General operating support
$55,000
www.motherjones.com

Green America

Washington, DC
Minuteman Media and its free national distribution of progressive commentary to small circulation newspapers - www.otherwords.org
$10,000
www.Greenamericatoday.org

Independent Media Institute

San Francisco, CA
AlterNet, a news magazine and online community
$10,000
www.alternet.org

Institute for Media Analysis, Inc.

New York, NY
General operating support for and syndication of GRITtv with Laura Flanders
$14,000
www.grittv.org

National Public Radio, Inc.

Washington, DC
Coverage of environmental issues
$100,000
www.npr.org

Positive Futures Network

Bainbridge Island, WA
YES! magazine's High Impact Campaigns on issues related to education, the economy, climate change and the local food movement
$15,000
www.yesmagazine.org

Public Education Center, Inc.

Washington, DC
Investigative reporting of the National Security News Service
$20,000
www.dcbureau.org

Public Interest Projects, Inc.

New York, NY
Center for Investigative Journalism's research into the activities and policies of Cargill, Inc.
$15,000
www.publicinterestprojects.org