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Community Action Grant Guidelines

Application checklist
What we do not fund
Deadlines & Timeline
Specific Guidelines for Washington, DC area grants
Specific Guidelines for United Kingdom grants

The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served Gannett Co., Inc.

Our community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

Our average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range.
Is your nonprofit organization located in a Gannett community? If your nonprofit organization is located in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, go directly to the DC Area Fact Sheet.

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Deadlines & Timeline

We consider grant applications twice a year. Please submit your proposal to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area. Applications should be POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN February 16th or August 17th. Some locations have earlier deadlines, and they are listed in the Grant Contact list. Click here to see if there are specific guidelines for your area. (We do not accept proposals via email, messenger or hand delivery.)

A committee of employees reviews all proposals within one month after each deadline. Applicants are notified of final decisions about 90–120 days after deadlines. Please no phone or email inquiries.

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What Community Action Grants do not fund

Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund. As a result, grants will not be considered for the following purposes:

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Grant Application Checklist:
Send one copy of the application form and your proposal (plus attachments) to the local newspaper publisher. Do not send a proposal to the foundation offices in McLean, VA, unless it addresses local needs in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Your grant proposal must contain the following information:

  1. completed Gannett Foundation Grant Application Form 
  2. IRS letter of determination for 501(c)3 tax exemption
  3. one-page project budget, and a one-page summary organizational budget
  4. Project proposal of no more than three pages that includes:
    • needs statement
      • objectives of the project to be funded
      • whether the project is new or ongoing
      • constituency to be served
      • community and volunteer involvement
    • sustainability statement 
      • your organization's qualifications to carry out the project
      • how the project will be evaluated
      • plans for continued funding of the project, if applicable
      • list of other funding sources, committed and applied for
  5. pertinent recent publications may also be included


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