Mini-grant deadline extended

7 Jan

Are you looking for funding for critical thinking and civics education?  Are you located in the greater Chicago area?  Partner with the Center for News Literacy!  We’ve extended our deadline!


News literacy is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources. It enables citizens to become smarter consumers and creators of fact-based information. It helps them develop informed perspectives and the navigational skills to become effective citizens in a digitally connected society. News literacy programs also emphasize the importance of news and information, the value of reliable sources and appreciation of First Amendment freedoms.

The News Literacy Mini-Grant program was established to provide small grants through a streamlined process. This application form is intended to make it easy for you to describe your proposal and partner with the Center for News Literacy and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s “Why News Matters” grant-making program to help spread critical thinking skills.

Our goal is to speed the adoption of news literacy courses around the country with the idea that “Early Money is Like Yeast”.  We want you to help us reach our goal!
About our Mini-Grants:
Applicants and proposals must be located in the Chicagoland area.   Ideas can be submitted by 501c3 nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals and businesses partnering with tax-exempt organizations.  If you are not a tax exempt organization, be advised that taxes will apply.


Please read through the application carefully.  If you have any further questions, please contact Liz Farley at the Center for News Literacy.

For more information about the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and it’s “Why News Matters” initiative, please visit

For more information about the center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, please visit

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