Southern Movement Media Fund (Round 2) – United States
The Press On is accepting applications for its Southern Movement Media Fund (Round 2), to provide much needed resources to Southern media makers and journalists practicing movement journalism for working alongside their communities, with each other, and with movement partners, to co-create the conditions needed for a quality life.
Likewise round 1, the Southern Movement Media Fund round 2 will also focus on documenting, reporting, and archiving the historic 2020 election, uprisings, and coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of marginalized and oppressed people in the South.
The fund will prioritize submissions by Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, immigrants and children of immigrants, and folks living in rural communities and urban areas underserved by local news and information.
Press On is interested in projects including but not limited to:
creative approaches to art activism and/or election engagement
cultural organizing efforts that include media production
efforts to archive, document, and spread the word about social movements
reporting on protest, uprisings, and social action
reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on voting access, mobilization efforts, education, work, food security, and health care access
reporting on voter disenfranchisement and obstacles to electoral participation
journalistic collaborations with social and racial justice organizations
Applications will be accepted for requests for grants:
For individuals – $5,000 and;
For organizations – $15,000.
Increased capacity for Southern media organizations and freelance media makers through funding support
Increased capacity for partnerships between journalists and Southern movement organizers
Targeted news and information to/for marginalized and oppressed communities
For-profit and nonprofit organizations, along with projects and individuals, are welcome to apply.
Grants may be requested by media organizations and individual media makers based in and reporting in one of the following 14 states: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Georgia.
Organizations that apply must be based in the South. While the fund will consider applications from individual reporters based in the South who are publishing stories with a national outlet, will not consider applications from national outlets directly.
Organizations that apply may be 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored projects, for-profit organizations, or unincorporated collectives or projects.
Submissions will be prioritized based on the following criteria:
Organizations and individuals pursuing creative approaches to documenting, archiving, and reporting on the 2020 election and the period to follow;
Publishers and platforms who are serving and need resources for coverage focused on and/or for oppressed communities;
Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, immigrants and children of immigrants, and folks living in rural communities and urban areas underserved by local news and information;
Priority is given to community organizers and organizations, collectives, independent media, and freelance reporters;
Organizations and individuals working in collaboration or partnership with Southern movement and community organizations.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply online via the given website.
For more information, visit https://www.presson.media/grants/