The deadline was Jan. 23, 2013 - thanks to all those who applied!
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability.
We will fund U.S.-based individuals who have original ideas to create new websites, mobile news services or other entrepreneurial initiatives that offer interactive opportunities to engage, inspire and improve news and information in a geographic community or a community of interest.
The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture.
How it Works:
- Awardees will receive an initial $12,000 in the first year. If they are able to raise $2,000 through their own efforts, they will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year. This money can be used for training, technical support or operations.
- Projects that are in early beta (launched since Jan. 23, 2012) may apply.
- Awardees will receive funding through a subcontract if they are an individual or affiliated with a business; and through a grant if they are affiliated with a non-profit institution.
- Recipients must agree to post brief monthly blog updates to the www.newmediawomen.org website sharing their process and experience during the development stage.
- Funding may not be used to cover indirect or overhead costs. Fiscal sponsors may not take a percentage of New Media Women funding.
Funding is available for start-ups only.
- Launch (at least a live beta) within 10 months of receiving funding.
- Have a plan for continuing after initial funding has ended.
- Have journalistic value.
- Projects may be independent or housed within traditional media or nonprofit organization
Personal blogs or one-time documentaries will not be funded.
Strong applicants will:
- Provide information to help people live their lives or make informed civic choices.
- Adhere to principles of accuracy, truth and fairness.
- Advance women in the news industry.
- Show promise of being sustainable.
Questions? Email us!