The mission of the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP) Community Network is to support and connect people and organizations that are building community through local news.


The FJP Community Network offers grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 as well as opportunities to connect with industry experts. Whether a person or publisher is trying to build a new business around memberships, report in an underserved community, or build a tool that helps local storytellers find and engage news audiences, we want to provide runway for them to serve their community. Project proposals do not require the use of Facebook tools or products.

We are partnering with The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which will provide grant review and grantmaking support. Applications will be accepted three times in 2019 (May, July, October). Grant recipients have six months from the time of the award to complete their project and report back results.

Timeline for October Application

10/15: Application Opens 
11/6:  Application Closes
January 2020:  Winners Announced 

The Lenfest Institute for Journalism will be hosting office hours for the final 2019 application for interested parties who may have questions on the program and application process. The office hours will be taking place on:

Thursday, October 24th, 2019: Register Here 

Monday, November 4th, 2019: Register Here 

Selecting Projects

A selection committee composed of a multidisciplinary group of news practitioners and employees from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Facebook will review projects against the following criteria:

A list of committee members can be found here.

Stay Connected

If you have questions about the program, please email CommunityNetwork@fb.com with “FJP Community Network Question” in the subject line. For updates about the FJP Community Network and news from the Facebook Journalism Project, please sign up for our newsletter.

Facebook Journalism Project Community Network Grant Program: Submission deadline: November 6, 2019 at 11:59:59 pm ET. Subject to Terms and Conditions. See terms for full eligibility criteria, selection criteria and grant restrictions.