Thank you for your interest in our grant program. 


The Philadelphia Ecosystem Collaboration Fund will offer planning or prototype grants of up to $25,000 each for projects that bring together organizations in the Philadelphia area for closer collaboration. Organizations based outside Philadelphia are welcome to apply if they are working with at least two other partners in the region.

Both for-profit and non-profit organizations, along with projects and individuals, are welcome to apply.

Collaboration and partnerships are key for the long-term sustainability of local news in Philadelphia and elsewhere. By working together, organizations can learn from one another, make limited resources go farther and reach new audiences. Under the grant program, we are open to any form of partnerships designed to assist in the strengthening of the Philadelphia-region news ecosystem  including and beyond content sharing between media organizations. Examples could include organizations together building digital infrastructure and products, collaboration on the marketing or referrals of news or civic information content, revenue sharing and more.

Note that these collaborations don’t need to only include news organizations. We are open to funding projects that leverage other community organizations — public or private, civic or business — to better inform local residents and activate engaged citizens.

Because the key to successful collaboration is often in the strength of the planning, applications can be for planning grants to lay the groundwork for organizations to work together. Applicants can also use the funds for a prototype collaboration experiment as a proof of concept.


The following short application will help us learn more about your proposal. For more details, please go to https://www.lenfestinstitute.org/news-posts/lenfest-institute-journalism-opens-applications-150k-philadelphia-news-ecosystem-collaboration-grants/


Please complete your application by October 31, 2018.


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Burt Herman at burt@lenfestinstitute.org

Lenfest Institute for Journalism