The Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF) is a grant-making initiative to help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. The fund will subsidize the costs for newsrooms to adopt tools designed for this purpose. CLEF initially supported Hearken and GroundSource exclusively for the first two rounds of funding. CLEF now also supports the Listening Post Collective’s Membership Program, Coral by Vox Media, and DocumentCloud/MuckRock.
Here is a full list of the first 34 newsrooms to receive support from CLEF. You can learn more about the second cohort of 18 newsrooms here. There are 19 publications in the third group of CLEF newsrooms.
CLEF was created by The News Integrity Initiative (NII), the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.