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Gannett Foundation

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANT GUIDELINES

NewsChannel 5 is excited to offer Gannett Foundation Grants to qualified nonprofit organizations with the support of our parent company, Gannett Co. Inc.  We are considering organizations that really exemplify St. Louis “This is Home.”  What are you doing to help make our home the best it can possibly be?  We want to hear about it and help you continue your good work!      

The average grant ranges from $1,000 to $5,000.

We value projects and programs that take a creative approach to the crucial issues facing our area.  Click here for a list of the 2012 Grantees

HOW TO APPLY FOR FUNDS

If your organization is located in the NewsChannel 5 viewing area, and your program primarily serves citizens living in that 31 county area, you may apply to NewsChannel 5 for a Gannett Foundation grant.  If you are unsure about your organization's eligibility, please email your inquiry to mshockley@ksdk.com.  Please do NOT send proposals or inquiries directly to the Foundation offices in Virginia.  Phone calls regarding Foundation grants are not accepted. 

NEW DEADLINES FOR 2013

Proposals are accepted at any time during the year. NewsChannel 5 will review the grants August 1st.  The recommendations are then submitted to the Management Contributions Committee at Gannett corporate headquarters. Generally, applicants should plan on 90 days for processing and a decision. NewsChannel 5 will notify applicants via mail, email or phone call if their application has been approved or declined.

WHAT WE REQUIRE

Your proposal of no more than five pages should be sent to Michelle Shockley, NewsChannel 5 Community Relations Project Manager, 1000 Market, St. Louis, MO, 63101

  • Completed Gannett Foundation Grant Application Form 
  • IRS letter of determination for 501(c)3 tax exemption
  • one-page project budget, and an organizational budget
  • Project proposal of no more than five pages that includes:
    • needs statement
      • objectives of the project to be funded
      • whether the project is new or ongoing
      • constituency to be served
      • community and volunteer involvement
    • sustainability statement 
      • your organization's qualifications to carry out the project
      • how the project will be evaluated
      • plans for continued funding of the project, if applicable
      • list of other funding sources, committed and applied for
  • pertinent recent publications may also be included


WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund. As a result, grants will not be considered for the following purposes:

  • individuals
  • private foundations
  • organizations not determined by the IRS to be a tax-exempt public charity under §501(c)(3)
  • organizations classified by the IRS as 509(a)(3)
  • national or regional organizations unless their programs address specific local community needs
  • programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets
  • elementary or secondary schools (except to provide special initiatives or programs not provided by regular school budgets)
  • political action or legislative advocacy groups
  • endowment funds
  • multiple-year pledge campaigns
  • medical or research organizations, including organizations funding single disease research
  • organizations located in or benefiting nations other than the US and its territories
  • fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, volunteer firefighters or similar groups

Completed Grant Applications should be sent to:
KSDK NewsChannel 5
Attn:  Michelle M. Shockley
1000 Market Street
St. Louis, MO  63101

(314) 444-5267
mshockley@ksdk.com
When possible, please submit questions regarding the grant process via e-mail.  Calls are accepted, but email is preferred.