Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity in Journalism Fund seeks to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of news organizations led by people of color and partners in equity, with the goal of increasing civic engagement within communities of color.
Communities with the least access to relevant public affairs news — people of color, immigrants, people from low-income, rural, and urban communities, and others — are also most likely to be left out of policy creation and the civic process.
People of color-led news organizations, in particular those led by black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people, lack the capital and multiple streams of revenue to build infrastructure and resources that ensure their longevity in the field, as well as their ongoing growth and innovation.
The fund, a donor collaborative based at Borealis that currently receives support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Democracy Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Google News Initiative, and the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, seeks to address the gap in capital and resources faced by these organizations.
The donor collaborative is committed to supporting the following: nonprofit and for-profit news organizations led by and serving communities of color and organizations dedicated to and experienced in racial equity in media; organizations with a depth and length of commitment to community engagement; organizations focused on reaching people of color with content that strengthens the civic discourse/ participation; efforts to provide timely and important news to communities who are most underserved, including communities of color, low-income communities, rural areas, and immigrant populations; and/or organizations working to develop innovative ways to reach communities they serve with relevant news.
Recognizing organizational development and technological improvements are critical for the success of people of color-led media, the collaborative will provide both general support and capacity building resources to invest in the long-term sustainability of its grantees. The collaborative’s long-term vision is to create a cohort where grantees can rise together instead of being in competition with each other.
The fund will award its initial grants in March 2020.
Prospective grantees can find instructions for submitting a letter of inquiry on the REJ Fund website. LOIs are due by October 30.
For additional information, see the Racial Equity in Journalism in Fund page on the Boreal Philanthropy website.