The Gannett Foundation, part of the USA TODAY Network-Florida, is once again looking to award grants to nonprofits located in communities where it has media organizations like the Lee County-based The News-Press and news-press.com.
Nonprofits in Southwest Florida can submit their ideas for community building through the web portal Mightycase between June 1 and June 30.
Organizations can apply to raise money for a specific project. They’ll first raise money on their own through crowdfunding campaigns, then they’ll be eligible for one of 15 national grants of up to $100,000. Separate incentives aimed at rewarding high-fundraising projects will be offered.
“A Community Thrives is an opportunity for Gannett to raise up local ideas and community needs by providing nonprofit organizations with visibility, grants and exposure to new donors through the unique power of the USA TODAY and USA TODAY Network platforms,” said Sue Madden, director of the Gannett Foundation.
Projects will be eligible for hundreds of community operating grants starting at $2,500, chosen by leaders across Gannett’s USA TODAY Network of more than 250 news sites in 46 states. Organizations that focus on building up historically under-resourced and underserved groups will be specially considered.
Nonprofits are notified when their submissions are approved, and can begin designing their dedicated Mightycause page.
Nonprofits and their supporters get the word out, and encourage community members to donate to their cause. The fundraising phase of the program takes place from July 19 to Aug. 13.
Those who want to participate but don’t have a project can donate July 19 to Aug. 13. Organizations and their projects will be posted to the site on those dates, and people can donate to one or multiple nonprofit groups by searching their location or a mission category.
The Gannett Foundation board will then review the applications, and decide merit-based recipients. All grants will be announced in September.
Journalists in the USA TODAY Network tell local stories and regularly hear amazing ideas to improve American communities – which helped inspire the creation of A Community Thrives.
Central to A Community Thrives, and Gannett Foundation, is this elevation of local nonprofit groups and communities, Gannett CEO Mike Reed said.
“Our driving mission is to empower our communities. It’s at the core of what we do,” Reed said. “The strength of our network gives us the ability to support local efforts across the country, particularly underserved groups.”
Since 2017, A Community Thrives has distributed $12 million in grants and donations to community-based organizations across the USA.
To learn about all the 2020 A Community Thrives grant recipients, go to act.usatoday.com.
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