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Journalism Fund Guidelines

The Scripps Howard Foundation's Journalism Fund supports multimedia education, First Amendment causes, career development, media research, an international free press, professional organizations, and programs that foster diversity, ethics and entrepreneurial enterprise in the communications profession. Grants requests must be submitted in writing by April 15 for consideration during the year's first grants period and by Oct. 15 for second-half consideration. Successful grant applications are typically awarded in late June and December.

For more information, contact Sue Porter, vice president of programs, Scripps Howard Foundation, at sue.porter@scripps.com or 513-977-3030. Send grant applications to the Scripps Howard Foundation, P.O. Box 5380, Cincinnati, OH 45201-5380. Grant applications should include:

  • Brief description of the organization and website address
  • Description of the program for which support is requested and its rationale
  • Detailed projected budget
  • Schedule of implementation
  • Method for evaluating and reporting results
  • List other sources of funding, if available
  • Documentation of the organization’s nonprofit status

Community Fund Guidelines

Grants from the Foundation's Community Fund are provided for education, social service, arts and culture, and health and human services. They support nonprofit organizations in the regions where Scripps operating units are located.

Priority is given to programs that make Scripps communities better places to live, learn and work. Stated objectives with measurable results and proof of nonprofit status are required. Specific projects are preferred over general operating fund and capital campaign requests.

Multi-year contributions and the purchase of tables for fund-raising events are discouraged. With the exception of team sponsorships when Scripps employees are personally involved, walks, runs, golf outings and neighborhood specific events are also discouraged. The Foundation does not support political causes or candidates, private foundations, or organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, gender or national origin.

Go to www.scripps.com/brands for the locations of Scripps operating units to determine your organization's eligibility. To apply for a Scripps Howard Foundation Community Fund Grant, contact the general manager at the operating unit in your community.

Requests are accepted year around; there is no application deadline. A full proposal includes:
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Description of the program for which support is requested and its rationale
  • Detailed projected budget
  • Schedule of implementation
  • Method for evaluating and reporting results
  • Program manager's qualification
  • List other sources of funding, if available
  • Recent financial statement
  • List of the names and affiliations of the board of directors or other governing body
  • Documentation of the organization's nonprofit status

Greater Cincinnati Fund Guidelines

Grants from the Foundation's Greater Cincinnati Fund adhere to the same guidelines as the Foundation's Community Fund with special emphasis given to supporting initiatives unique to the quality of life in the region where The E.W. Scripps Company is headquartered.

Organizations that receive United Way, Artswave or other general campaign funds already supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation do not receive funding priority.

A written request is required; however, an inquiry in advance of a submission is advised. Contact Lee Rose, director of community investments, Scripps Howard Foundation, at lee.rose@scripps.com or 513-977-3847.

Requests are accepted year around; there is no application deadline. A full proposal includes:
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Description of the program for which support is requested and its rationale
  • Detailed projected budget
  • Schedule of implementation
  • Method for evaluating and reporting results
  • Program manager's qualification
  • List other sources of funding, if available
  • Recent financial statement
  • List of the names and affiliations of the board of directors or other governing body
  • Documentation of the organization's nonprofit status

Literacy Grant Guidelines

The Foundation's Literacy Grants are awarded for GED testing, workshops and programs, computers and software, tutor training and books. They support nonprofit literacy organizations and grassroots efforts in regions where The E.W. Scripps Company operating units are located.

Go to www.scripps.com/brands for the locations of Scripps operating units to determine your organization's eligibility. To apply for a Scripps Howard Foundation Literacy Grant, contact the general manager at the operating unit in your community.

Requests are accepted year around; there is no application deadline. A full proposal includes:
  • Brief description of the organization
  • Description of the program for which support is requested and its rationale
  • Detailed projected budget
  • Schedule of implementation
  • Method for evaluating and reporting results
  • Program manager's qualification
  • List other sources of funding, if available
  • Recent financial statement
  • List of the names and affiliations of the board of directors or other governing body
  • Documentation of the organization's nonprofit status