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Eligibility Guidelines

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 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.

- There is a $35.00 fee to apply. Applicants should submit payment via Eventbrite:

Please don't forget to pay after you submit your application!

Please also enter the name of your project in the 'Other Information' section of your payment!


Funding is available for start-ups only. 

Projects must:

  1. Launch (at least a live beta) within 10 months of receiving funding.
  2. Have a plan for continuing after initial funding has ended.
  3. Have journalistic value.
  4. 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:

  1. Provide information to help people live their lives or make informed civic choices.
  2. Adhere to principles of accuracy, truth and fairness.
  3. Advance women in the news industry.
  4. Show promise of being sustainable.

Questions? Email us!


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