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Every Voice, Every Vote Grant Program

Organisation: The Lenfest Institute

Status: Open

  • Grant
  • Advocacy & Development

Funding Size: $10,000 - $150,000

Deadline: 19/04/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Philadelphia-based media outlets of all kinds– community-based media, ethnic media, neighbourhood specific media, legacy and traditional media, public media, producing print, digital, radio, and television content – are encouraged to apply for community-centred journalism projects related to civic life in Philadelphia;
    – Community partner organizations must be located within Philadelphia County and/or primarily serve Philadelphia residents;
    – Community partner must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization whose mission, programs, or services are designed to address the needs of underrepresented communities in Philadelphia defined by geography, identities, or issues.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Philadelphia
  • Application Language: English

As Philadelphia’s new city government prepares to mark its 100th day in office, the Every Voice, Every Vote coalition of community groups and media organisations is announcing the launch of a new two-year, $2.875 million grant program to support in-depth local journalism and catalyse civic action around the issues that matter most to Philadelphians.

Every Voice, Every Vote is organised by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which first built the coalition to elevate Philadelphia’s diverse voices and inform voters ahead of the 2023 city elections. With a coalition of 130 media outlets, community nonprofit organisations, and civic-minded social media creators as partners, the project is Philadelphia’s largest-ever collaborative journalism and community engagement effort.


Projects focusing on one or more of the following issue areas:

  • Public safety
  • Education
  • Economic opportunities
  • Affordable housing
  • Homelessness
  • Sustainability
Funding Priorities for Media Partners

Preference will be given to projects that incorporate one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Solutions, service, data, engaged, and government accountability journalism
  • Civic literacy products (policy guides, government explainers, etc.)
  • Collaborative community engagement activities with Community Partners
  • Translation services
Funding Priorities for Community Partners

Projects/events/activities focused on the following:

  • Civic education/literacy: Local government structure
  • Engaging residents in conversation/discussion on local government issues, policies, and solutions
  • Community insight/evaluation of city government initiatives, efforts, and policies
  • Civic resources and information
Funding Information

Funding will range from $10,000 to $150,000, and the grant term will run from May 2024 through November 2025.

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