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The McCormick Foundation welcomes requests for funding from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions for initiatives that support the Journalism Program’s mission.

Before submitting a full proposal, the organization should fill out an application cover sheet and send a 2-3 page letter of inquiry that describes the nature, purpose and cost of the proposed program. The letter should also outline the need for the program, how it addresses the Journalism Program’s strategy and the qualifications of the organization.

Please see our 2012 guidelines here.

We accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) from organizations for three types of requests:

Grant request of $50,000 or more:
Requests greater than $50,000 must be approved by Board members at the Journalism Program’s annual board meeting in early September. The deadline for LOIs for more than $50,000 is May 1.

Grant requests under $50,000:
LOIs requesting less than $50,000 are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed in February, April and November. We accept LOIs for this level throughout the year. It sometimes takes us several weeks to review the many LOIs we receive, so please be patient.

Specialized Reporting Institutes (SRIs):
LOIs for these intensive specialized training conferences for working reporters are reviewed in November by our administrative partner, the Poynter Institute. For application instructions, review the SRI guidelines here. Although the deadline to apply for 2011 funding has passed, we will award up to two news-responsive SRIs outside the annual application process. For more information, email McCormickSRI@poynter.org.  

What We Do Not Fund
Production or distribution of TV or radio programming or documentaries
Scholarships for university studies
Grants to individuals
Personal research