The Center for Public Integrity has announced a five-year, $2.5 million challenge grant from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment to enhance its investigative reporting on environmental issues.
Through 2015, the Boston-based foundation will provide matching funds, on a 2:1 basis, up to $500,000 a year so that the center can hire additional reporters and develop new funding sources for environmental reporting projects. The funds must be matched by a total of $1.2 million over five years in new contributions from first-time supporters of the center's environmental coverage or by existing donors who increase their level of support.
With the grant, the center will be able to nearly double the resources it allocates to investigative reporting on the environment — currently about 10 percent of its annual budget.
"Unfortunately, the global environment remains under siege on many fronts," said Jeremy Grantham, co-founder of the foundation, which was formerly known as the Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Charitable Trust. "We see a tremendous need for greater exposure of the abuses of money and power that are at the heart of our great environmental problems. The Center for Public Integrity's brand of hard-hitting investigative journalism is perfectly suited to the job."