Southern Movement Media Fund

Press On is launching the Southern Movement Media Fund. The fund will bring much needed resources to Southern media makers and journalists practicing movement journalism — providing support to work alongside their communities, with each other, and with movement partners, to co-create the conditions needed for a quality life.  

The first two rounds of this fund will focus on documenting, reporting, and archiving the historic 2020 election, uprisings, and coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of marginalized and oppressed people in the South.

Outcomes

  • Increased capacity for Southern media organizations and freelance media makers through funding support
  • Increased capacity for partnerships between journalists and Southern movement organizers
  • Targeted news and information to/for marginalized and oppressed communities

Timeline

Round 1: Apply by Oct 2, 2020 to receive funds by Oct 30, 2020.

Round 2: Apply by Oct 23, 2020 to receive funds by Nov 19, 2020.


Call for Applications

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time; as we adjust to the new normal caused by a global pandemic and brace ourselves for a contentious, historic presidential election, there is a great amount of uncertainty for all of us. One thing we are sure of is that marginalized communities will be disproportionately affected by what is happening.

It is incumbent upon us to show up for our people; the need to act collectively is not new, but it has become more urgent. For our team, showing up looks like supporting Southern community mediaspecifically those individuals and organizations that center oppressed communities in their work, or are led by a person from an oppressed community. We aim to do this by providing resources that enable them to produce the news and information people need to make informed decisions about their lives. It is with that in mind that we announce the launch of the Southern Movement Media Fund. 

We are currently accepting applications for funding for news and media production during and after the 2020 election. We are interested in projects including but not limited to:

  • creative approaches to art activism and/or election engagement; 
  • cultural organizing efforts that include media production;
  • efforts to archive, document, and spread the word about social movements;
  • reporting on protest, uprisings, and social action; 
  • reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on voting access, mobilization efforts, education, work, food security, and health care access;
  • reporting on voter disenfranchisement and obstacles to electoral participation;
  • journalistic collaborations with social and racial justice organizations.

We will prioritize submissions by Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, immigrants and children of immigrants, and folks living in rural communities and urban areas underserved by local news and information. In the spirit of collaboration and because we believe collectivism is foundational to liberation, we welcome and encourage partnerships with community organizations and movement partners. 

Please Apply Here

Applications will be accepted for requests for grants of $5,000 for individuals and $15,000 for organizations. We will make funding decisions in two rounds.

Round 1: Apply by Oct 2, 2020 to receive funds by Oct 30, 2020.

Round 2: Apply by Oct 23, 2020 to receive funds by Nov 19, 2020.

For-profit and nonprofit organizations, along with projects and individuals, are welcome to apply. The funds do not require submission of a budget; however, applications should describe how the funds will be used. 

For more information about this initiative, we will be holding an informational meeting on September 29 from 6:30-7:00 p.m. EST. Register for that Zoom call here.

Any urgent questions can be directed to contact@presson.media; Please put MOVEMENT MEDIA in the subject line and allow up to 48 hours for a reply.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Grants may be requested by media organizations and individual media makers based in and reporting in one of the following 14 states: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Georgia. 
  • Organizations that apply must be based in the South. While we will consider applications from individual reporters based in the South who are publishing stories with a national outlet, we will not consider applications from national outlets directly. 
  • Organizations that apply may be 501(c)3, fiscally sponsored projects, for-profit organizations, or unincorporated collectives or projects. 
  • Submissions will be prioritized based on the following criteria: 
    1. Organizations and individuals pursuing creative approaches to documenting, archiving, and reporting on the 2020 election and the period to follow;
    2. Publishers and platforms who are serving and need resources for coverage focused on and/or for oppressed communities;
    3. Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, femme, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, immigrants and children of immigrants, and folks living in rural communities and urban areas underserved by local news and information;
    4. Priority is given to community organizers and organizations, collectives, independent media, and freelance reporters;
    5. Organizations and individuals working in collaboration or partnership with Southern movement and community organizations.

Please Apply Here