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Scripps Howard Fund offers $350,000 in grants to support journalism education

Nov. 4, 2022 By Molly Miossi

CINCINNATIThe Scripps Howard Fund is offering more than $350,000 in journalism grants to universities and nonprofits to help advance investigative journalism and increase diversity and inclusion in the industry.  

Multi-year grant 
The Fund is now accepting proposals from universities or nonprofit organizations to create a program to teach college students open-source investigative journalism, a way to use publicly available information to investigate. The Request for Proposals can be found here 

The winning proposal will receive a four-year grant for up to $300,000 to help launch the program no later than the 2024-25 academic school year.  

The grant will be structured as follows: 

  • Year 1: $100,000 
  • Year 2: $100,000 
  • Year 3: $75,000 grant if the organization raises $25,000 for the program. 
  • Year 4: $25,000 matching grant if the organization can raise $75,000 for the program.

Completed proposals for the multiyear grant must be submitted by April 1. Apply here

Diversity and Inclusion in journalism grants 
The Scripps Howard Fund is seeking innovative ideas to get post-secondary students from diverse backgrounds invested in journalism and foster environments where all journalism students can actively participate and feel welcome. 

Diverse backgrounds include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military background and or membership in another group that is under-represented in journalism. 

Universities and nonprofit organizations can apply for one-time grants of up to $30,000 to address this challenge. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2023. Several grant recipients will be selected, with funds disbursed in June. A second round of grants for this purpose will be offered in fall 2023. 

Apply here 

Special consideration will be given to proposals that offer experiential learning as an element of the project. 


The purpose of these grants is to:  

  • Advance equity, diversity and inclusion in student media, journalism education and the journalism pipeline.
  • Prepare students for professional and public challenges and pressures they may face as journalists of color or members of other under-represented groups.  
  • Equip students to deliver inclusive journalism that ensures all voices in a community are represented.
  • Establish and share best practices for increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in journalism.

Proposals may address any of these purposes or a combination of them. 

Media contact: Molly Miossi, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3713, [email protected]

About the Scripps Howard Fund
The Scripps Howard Fund is a public charity that supports philanthropic causes important to The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and the communities it serves, with a special emphasis on journalism education, excellence in journalism and childhood literacy. At the crossroads of the classroom and the newsroom, the Fund is a leader in supporting journalism through scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development and First Amendment causes. The Scripps Howard Awards stand as one of the industry’s top honors for outstanding journalism, and the Fund’s annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” childhood literacy campaign has distributed thousands of new books to children in need across the nation. In support of its mission to create a better-informed world, the Fund also partners with Scripps brands to create awareness of local issues and support organizations that help build thriving communities. The Scripps Howard Foundation, an affiliated organization with the Scripps Howard Fund, supports Scripps’ charitable efforts through its endowment, key assets and major donations.