£10,000 grants available to boost neighbourhood news

indexGrants of £10,000 will shortly become available for local news operators, bloggers and ‘civil society organisations’ to help connect local people with democracy and their own community.

The £50,000 scheme, run by the Carnegie Trust, encourages applicants to become a ‘Carnegie Partner’ and develop innovative ways of producing local news.

The Trust – which believes that media organisations, civil society and citizens all have a role to play in delivering the better news media – has identified the need to explore how to support more accessible, pluralistic and diverse local news for citizens and communities.

This funding will enable each Partner to deliver a local news project in a clearly defined geographic area. Projects could cover a new area of content, work with new news gathering partners, or develop new platforms to deliver news.

Full details about the scheme are available here.

The scheme’s an interesting one and it’s on a topic that’s very close to my heart – the democratic deficit in regional press. By ‘democratic deficit’ I mean regional press withdrawing from comprehensive community reporting (which has been happening for years) and comprehensive municipal reporting.

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