The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund is designed to strengthen local journalism at scale, with a focus on journalistic excellence and serving the information needs of communities in the U.S. A critical part of achieving this is supporting the work in Philadelphia, which is known as Workstream #3 of the Fund. The Philly-based work in particular is focused on addressing a larger design imperative - How Might We create a more sustainable and equitable news and information ecosystem. This means we are focused on transformative investments that promote quality journalism in support of thriving communities and civic engagement. This contributes to the K-L Fund’s mutual aid approach to journalism where we see news and information as a vehicle for solidarity.

All proposals should address the questions/topics in the form along with a budget in the Knight-Lenfest Fund template. There’s no need for long narratives in the Submittable form. A bulleted and succinct approach to answering the questions is preferred. This proposal application can include a memo, three pages max, if it would help us understand your vision and implementation plan further. If applicable, please indicate in the application when we should be referencing the memo.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Belonging is central to all of our efforts. This includes not only who is participating in the programming/initiatives of the proposed grant, but also the approaches, techniques and the overall experience.

If you have technical questions about Submittable, please direct them to Tiara Adriatico (

Reporting for the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund is an opportunity to reflect and explore your project/initiative and plan for the future. By learning together we’ll be able to help the journalism industry and be in a better position to collaborate with and support communities. The Knight-Lenfest Fund is available to be a sounding board as you work to complete not only your grant, but also achieve the impact you desire for your organization as well as the community. The following are guiding questions to help you in this reflection process and to enable you to identify changes that you can make to your tactics and approaches, along with identifying learnings that can be shared with others.

We recognize that much of your work is done through teams. Team members will be essential in reflecting on your project; as well as documenting it in this form. We have found that having a team conversation leveraging the reflection questions and reviewing what you’ve captured in the report as a whole piece can be effective. Dividing-up individual questions among team members can be efficient, but often loses the overall big picture of the work when there isn’t follow-up. Choose a process so this report becomes more useful and meaningful to you; as well as produces a cohesive collection of learnings that are useful and meaningful for the industry and communities. What you share contributes to the overall work and direction of the Knight-Lenfest Fund.

This report is due December 3, 2021. For technical questions about Submittable, please contact Charles Jun (

Thank you!

For questions regarding this reporting form, please reach out to Tiara Adriatico at 

The Philadelphia COVID-19 Community Information Fund was created to support Philadelphia-area media and other community organizations as they work tirelessly to meet the information needs of the Philadelphia Region’s most vulnerable communities at this time of acute need. These resources were intended to support Philadelphia-area media and other community organizations as they work to meet the news and information needs of the Philadelphia Region’s diverse and marginalized communities which will lead to more informed decision-making and resiliency both at this time of acute need and for the long-term.

In addition to providing the financial resources needed to support the Philadelphia-area media organizations during this pandemic, the Knight-Lenfest Fund, is also seeking to strengthen the infrastructure of the Philadelphia-area media through the seeding of a community of practice. Our hope is that as the COVID-19 Community Information Fund grantees report on their shared learnings, other organizations in the cohort as well as the broader Philadelphia-area media community and beyond will glean valuable information from your experiences.

By August 6, 2021, we are requesting that you submit a final Narrative & Financial Report. If you have technical questions about Submittable, please contact Tiara Adriatico (

This form is for applying for grants from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. The application format closely mirrors our outside grant applications.

If you have any questions please contact

This is the reporting form to be completed by each Lenfest Grantee. Please refer to your contract agreement for reporting due dates.

If you have any questions, please contact Tiara Adriatico at 

Thank you for your interest in our grant program.    

The Lenfest Next Generation Fund Awards for Professional and Student Journalists provides awards of $500 to Philadelphia-area journalists and students of color to use toward professional development of their choice.

To be considered you have to be a journalist or a student of journalism who resides in the Greater Philadelphia Area and self-identifies as a person of color.

  • Top applicants will show the growth potential and the ability to share what you learned with others in the news ecosystem. You should also have a clear vision of your career goals, know how conference attendance will help you achieve them, and also have a clear passion for diversity.
  • Preference will be given to first-time award recipients.

In addition to the existing Professional Development Track, we have added a Next Generation Fund: Internship Support Track to the program. This will allow applicants to apply for funding to support them while taking on an unpaid internship.

Here’s how the internship track works:

  • To be eligible for this track, the applicant must have applied for and been accepted for an unpaid internship program.
  • The participant should either be from, attend school in, or be working in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • Preference will be given to students with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • Internship Support Track applicants are eligible for a stipend of up to $4,200.
  • Applicants can apply to both the Internship Support Track and the Professional Development Track but preference will be given to first-time award recipients. 

For more details, please go to If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Tiara Adriatico at

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