The Lenfest Institute partners with like-minded organizations and individuals to develop and support sustainable models for quality local journalism. Partners include The Knight Foundation, The Democracy Fund, The Washington Post and Facebook, among others.

The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund

The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund works to empower local news organizations to build trust with their audiences while producing outstanding journalism and developing new revenue streams that can enable them to reach long-term business sustainability.

Together, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism invested $20 million to support the fund, and both Knight and Lenfest are calling on other funders and individuals to join in supporting the transformation of local news.

Local News Accelerators

The Facebook Journalism Project Local News Accelerator consists of Subscription Acquisition, Subscription Retention, and Membership Retention Accelerators. Funded and organized by The Facebook Journalism Project, the programs include hands-on workshops led by news industry veteran Tim Griggs, a grantmaking program organized by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, and regular reports on best practices authored by both The Lenfest Institute and the Facebook Journalism Project.


The Community Listening and Engagement Fund is a grant-making initiative to help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. The fund subsidizes the costs for newsrooms to adopt Hearken, GroundSource, Coral by Vox Media, The Listening Post Collective, and Document Cloud. These tools and services are designed to support improved audience engagement. CLEF is supported by The Democracy Fund, News Integrity Initiative, Knight Foundation, and Lenfest Institute

Lenfest Institute-National Geographic Society Collaborative Watershed Reporting Initiative

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The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and the National Geographic created two collaborative reporting networks focused on providing in-depth, solutions-oriented reporting on both the Delaware and Ohio River Watersheds to build environmental reporting capacity in local newsrooms.

Each reporting network is part of a year-long, $650,000 project funded by The Lenfest Institute, the National Geographic Society, and the William Penn Foundation. This project aims to foster a deeper understanding of local watersheds by bringing global issues — such as climate change and drinking water quality — closer to home with thorough and engaging reporting on these critical natural ecosystems that affect the lives of millions of residents.

The National Geographic Society is connecting participating local newsrooms with its world-class network of visual journalists, technologists, and explorers as part of the project.

Learn more about the project.