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Gannett Foundation

The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served by Gannett. Community Action Grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

The average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Proposals should be submitted to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area by February 16th or August 17th. Some locations have earlier deadlines, and they are listed in the Grant Contact list.

This funding source is open to multiple chapters. Let me know if you or your chapter are interested in submitting a grant proposal to Gannett Foundation.

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BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked with BDPA Cleveland chapter president Henry Wiggins and chapter SITES coordinator Sylvia Calhoun on a joint grant proposal to Gannett Foundation. Our proposal was submitted to Mr. Brooke Spectorsky, WKYC-TV president, as part of the Gannett Foundation community grant program. We've asked for $3,000 in grant funding to support the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Cleveland.

Wish us luck!

Phyllis Coleman (Greater Columbia) is going to contact the Gannett Foundation point of contact in Columbia SC to see if they are accepting grant proposals right now.   Stay tuned!

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation worked in collaboration with BDPA Milwaukee chapter (president, Carmen Giles) to submit a $5,000 grant proposal to the Gannett Foundation. We requested funding to support the chapter's Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) project. The chapter seeks to train 25 students in STEM-related curriculum over the course of the year. BDPA Milwaukee chapter has already won a $5,000 grant award from the Helen Bader Foundation.

BDPA Milwaukee Leadership Team
BDPA Milwaukee was recently named 'Comeback Chapter of the Year' for its accelerated growth and commitment to students, members and corporate sponsors. Last year, BDPA Milwaukee sponsored local high school students to compete in the National BDPA High School Computer Competition. Successful funding from the Gannett Foundation will allow them to bring another team to Washington DC later this year.

We encourage all BDPA chapters to reach out to us if they need funding support for the SITES program in their area. Our process is well documented. For now, let's all simply wish 'good luck' to BDPA Milwaukee chapter!
We recently learned that our $5,000 grant proposal submitted to the Gannett Foundation on behalf of BDPA Milwaukee chapter was declined. Our proposal was originally submitted via the community engagement coordinator at KARE 11.

The declination letter read as follows:

Dear Mr. Hicks,

Thank you for submitting a proposal for a 2015 Gannett Foundation grant. The need for funding is clearly high, as the amount of requests we received greatly exceeded the funds available. This made the funding decisions extremely difficult, and unfortunately we are unable to fulfill your funding request at this time.

All of the requests were worthy of funding and provide essential services to the community. As I mentioned before, the decision making was not easy. Our goal is to assist a variety of community needs, so we do not fund the same organization in consecutive years.

Also keep in mind that we do not provide funds for scholarships or endowments, capital expenditures (including equipment), general operating expenditures (including salaries), start-up monies for programs or one-time events. All of our grants must be designated for a specific program within the organization.

We have awarded all of our grants for 2015; our next deadline for submitting funding requests will be February 15, 2016.

Thank you for the work you do in the community. We appreciated the opportunity to review the materials.

Megan Precht
Community Engagement Coordinator

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation will continue to work with BDPA Milwaukee chapter to obtain the funding that they need for its Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. In the meantime, you can help ... please visit the BDPA Milwaukee Scholarship fund and make a secure online donation right now!

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