Announcing the first round of grants supporting local newsrooms’ coronavirus coverage

In partnership with The Facebook Journalism Project and the Local Media Association, The Lenfest Institute is proud to announce the first round of North American local newsrooms receiving FJP Community Network grants to support their coronavirus news coverage. A complete list of winners will be announced in early April.  

In this first round, 50 local newsrooms across the United States and Canada are receiving grants of $5,000 to help cover unexpected costs associated with covering the crisis in their communities. The grants will help fulfill needs such as increasing frequency of publishing, combating misinformation and serving vulnerable and at-risk groups.

Along with The Lenfest Institute and LMA, the Facebook Journalism Project partnered with News Media Canada and The Independent News Challenge to include journalists in remote communities across Canada. 

Keep reading to see the first round of grantees and links to their impactful coronavirus reporting. 

The 016 LLC, Worcester, MA 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Advocate Media, Dallas, TX 

Read coronavirus-related coverage in Advocate Lakewood/East Dallas, Advocate Lake Highlands, Advocate Oak Cliff, and Advocate Preston Hollow

Grant Amount: $5,000

Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, NM

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Cape May County Herald, Rio Grande, NJ

Read coronavirus-related coverage and resources here

Grant Amount: $5,000

CapitolHillSeattle.com, Seattle, WA

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Carolina Panorama Newspaper, Columbia, SC

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Casa Grande Dispatch, Casa Grande, AZ

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000 

The Charlotte Ledger, Charlotte, NC 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Clutch MOV, Marietta, OH

Grant Amount: $5,000

CNY Latino, DeWitt, NY

Grant Amount: $5,000

Detour Media LLC, Detroit, MI

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

ecoRI News, Providence, RI

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

El Paso Matters, El Paso, TX

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Entre Hermanos, Seattle, WA 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Examiner Media, Kisco, NY

Grant Amount: $5,000

Fort Frances Times Ltd., Fort Frances, ON Canada 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Friends of WLRN, Miami, FL 

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Grizzly Gazette (1990) Inc., Swan Hills, AB Canada 

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

County 10, Fremont County, WY

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Idaho Press, Nampa, ID

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Kerrville Daily Times, Kerrville, TX

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Madison365, Madison, WI

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Menifee 24/7, Menifee CA

Grant Amount: $5,000

Metro Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Mission Local, San Francisco, CA

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Montana Senior News, Kalispell, MT

Grant Amount: $5,000

New Bedford Guide, New Bedford, MA

Grant Amount: $5,000

Newport Dispatch, Newport, VT 

Grant Amount: $5,000

Niagara Frontier Publications, Grand Island, NY

Grant Amount: $5,000

NotiCel, San Juan, PR

Grant Amount: $5,000

On the 101, Santa Maria, CA

Grant Amount: $5,000

OurTime Press, Brooklyn, NY

Grant Amount: $5,000

Pine Knot News, Cloquet, MN

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC 

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Princeton Community Media, Princeton, NJ

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.  

Grant Amount: $5,000 

QCity Metro, Charlotte, NC

Grant Amount: $5,000

QueensLatino, Queens, NY

Grant Amount: $5,000

Santa Cruz Local, Santa Cruz, CA

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Sentinel Colorado, Aurora, CO

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Shaw Media, Crystal Lake, IL

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

Richland Source, Mansfield, OH

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

Southerly, Durham, NC

Grant Amount: $5,000

Spotlight Newspapers, Delmar, NY

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

Grant Amount: $5,000

SweetwaterNOW, Rock Springs, WY

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

TAPinto Newark, Cranford, NJ

Read coronavirus-related coverage in TAPinto Newark and TAPinto Cranford

Grant Amount: $5,000

Telegraph Publishing, LLC, Chester, VT

Read coronavirus-related coverage here.

 Grant Amount: $5,000

Wallkill Valley Publications Inc, Newburgh, NY

Read coronavirus-related coverage in the Wallkill Valley Times, Mid Hudson Times and the Southern Ulster Times.  

Grant Amount: $5,000

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, NY

Read coronavirus-related coverage here

Grant Amount: $5,000

WURD Radio, Philadelphia, PA

Grant Amount: $5,000

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