With a print readership of nearly 2.6 million, USA Today is a daily newspaper that operates as the flagship of the media and marketing company Gannett. Founded in 1982, it seeks to operate as both an informational resource and forum of discourse in order to bring citizens of the United States together in understanding.
In support of this mission, the company is accepting applications to its A Community Thrives program. Through the program, grants totaling $2 million will be awarded in support of ideas focused on helping a particular neighborhood or region strengthen its sense of community, with priority given to ideas focused on traditionally underserved populations. Past recipients have submitted ideas in the arts, health and wellness, and education (though grants are not limited to those areas).
Sixteen grants in amounts of $25,000, $50,000, or $100,000 will be awarded, and recipients will be eligible for additional fundraising bonuses of up to $5,000. In addition, candidates located in markets served by Gannett will be considered for operating grants.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and meet a challenge grant fundraising minimum.
See the USA Today Community Thrives website for the official rules of the competition and the online application form.