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Lenfest Institute Announces Two Open Calls for Grant Applications

The Lenfest Institute is now accepting applications for two new grant programs: The Local News Business Model Challenge and The Philadelphia Ecosystem Collaboration Fund.

The Local Business Model Challenge will offer a total $350,000 in grants of up to $50,000 each for projects that explore new business models for sustainable local news and information organizations. These could be new products that generate revenue, or new business models that add or replace existing revenue streams. We are interested in ways to improve on existing models like subscriptions or membership, advertising or events — and also to explore totally new ways of sustaining a local news business. This can be a digital product that could be scaled beyond one locality and used by others. It can also be a project that serves as an demonstration of a new revenue model, and provide a toolkit for applying it elsewhere.

Click here to apply. The application deadline is October 15, 2018.

The Philadelphia Ecosystem Collaboration Fund will offer a total of $150,000 for planning or prototype grants of up to $25,000 each for projects that bring together organizations in the Philadelphia area for closer collaboration. Organizations based outside Philadelphia are welcome to apply if they are working with at least two other partners in the region. More details are available here.

Submissions are due by October 31, 2018. Click here to apply . Both for-profit and non-profit organizations, along with projects and individuals, are welcome to apply.

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To survive and to thrive, local news enterprises mus be nimble, tech-enabled and committed to constant innovation. Investing in the technical muscle of news organizations and introducing new tools improve customer experience, audience engagement, and operational efficiency, all key to business sustainability.

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