Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CSJ Foundation?

The CSJ Foundation is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that will seek grants and accept donations to support local journalism, promote civil dialogue and discussion, and promote civics education and the role independent journalism plays in fostering a healthy democracy and strong communities.

What types of projects does the CSJ Foundation support?

Our primary goal is to address the current shortcomings and challenges faced by today’s newsrooms – challenges created by the traditional business model that relies on paid advertising to determine the extent a newsroom is able to adequately serve its constituents. Funding is restricted to newsroom-related expenses and could include editorial salaries, equipment costs, free-lance/contract expenses and more.

In addition, the foundation will support projects that promote civic engagement, civil discussion and journalism education (i.e., community forums, civics instruction, journalism education at the high school and college level and more).

How do I apply for funding?

We request that a letter of inquiry be sent to the foundation. This letter should briefly explain the project to be funded and background on the mission and history of the organization requesting the funding.

What happens after I submit a letter of inquiry? 

We review letters of inquiry frequently. After the review, we will send you an e-mail that either invites you to submit a full proposal, or explains why we are not interested in funding the request.

How often can I apply for a grant?

There are no restrictions on how often you may submit a funding request.

What is the deadline to submit a grant?

We do not have deadlines as part of our standard grant-making process (you can submit a letter of inquiry at any time.

Where do I send a letter of inquiry?

Email bmckeand@newszap.com, or send your letter to the Community Service Journalism Foundation, P.O. Box 5991, Peoria, AZ 85385.

How do I donate to the CSJ Foundation?

Send contributions to the Community Service Journalism Foundation, P.O. Box 5991, Peoria, AZ 85385.

Is the CSJ a nonprofit organization?

Yes. The organization incorporated in Arizona as a nonprofit organization and is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees. There are no employees and the only expenses are those incurred in soliciting and administering funding.

Are all donations tax-deductible?

Yes. The CSJ Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)3 Public Charity and is exempt from federal income tax. Donors may deduct contributions they make to the CSJ Foundation under IRC Section 170. (CSJ Foundation EIN: 85-1460778)

Will you sell my personal information?

Absolutely not. The CSJ Foundation doesn't sell, trade or rent email addresses or physical addresses.

If I receive a grant, what is expected from me?

The foundation requires all those who receive a grant to provide follow-up information at the end of the project that includes detailed information on how the funds were used to accomplish the original goal of the project and how the completed project served or benefitted the local community? An explanation of the project will be posted on the csjfoundation.org website. If the project involved journalism, the story or coverage funded by the foundation must be made available to the general public at no charge on the news organization’s website and on the CSJ Foundation website.

What other foundations support journalism? 

Some other funders include Ford Foundation; Knight Foundation, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; McCormick Tribune Foundation; Scripps Howard Foundation; Hearst Foundation; and Open Society Foundations

How do I report a correction or error in a news story appearing on the foundation’s website?

We encourage readers to report errors or inaccurate information in a story funded by the foundation and which appears on our website. Please email corrections, complaints or other concerns to Bret McKeand at bmckeand@newszap.com.