The Facebook Journalism Project and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism are pleased to announce 23 additional recipients of Community Network grants. Organizations will use these grants to support projects aimed at building community and new paths to sustainability in local news. In July, the first 23 grant recipients were announced. Our current round includes initiatives focused on new paths to sustainability, such as one from the Mendocino Voice which is launching a reader co-op. The Voice will build a membership program and offer readers a direct say and ownership stake in the news organization.

Another benefit for Community Network grant recipients is an opportunity to request mentorship for guidance on specific program outcomes, ideally from a former or current participant in our Local News Accelerator programs. In one example, Mississippi Today wanted to understand how to create fundraising messaging and events that reflect their value to the community. Berkeleyside’s Lance Knobel, who raised more than $1 million in a one-of-a-kind direct public offering, volunteered to share experiences in building successful membership and fundraising. Knobel and his team participated in our Local News Accelerator. A handful of additional recipients have also been matched with mentors and we are are looking forward to providing updates about their work together.

Keep reading for more about each project. Our next application window opens October 15 and runs through early November. Sign up for the Facebook Journalism Project newsletter to be notified when the grant window is open and to learn more about our programs.

Current Grant Winners:

Check out our announcement of the first round of grant recipients.

Previous Winners – 1st Round: