Grants

While it is true that the majority of Headliners Foundation financial support is directed toward its annual scholarships and professional journalism awards, there is a long-standing interest in preserving important historical collections involving journalism. For example, Foundation grants have been made in support of efforts to preserve historical journalism archives, as in the successful efforts by the University of Texas to acquire and preserve the photographic “morgues” of the New York Herald Tribune and Newsday.

The Headliners Foundation extends grant support from time to time to worthy endeavors within the field of journalism. The Foundation has  broadened its outreach to include grant support to other areas, such as professional education and enhanced communication within the communities of professional and academic journalism.

The Headliners Foundation is now accepting applications for grants under its new Grants Program for Special Projects, as explained below.

Grants Program For Special Projects in Journalism

The Foundation’s Special Projects Fund was made possible by the bequest of Headliners Club member Wilmot Horton. This program will allow the Foundation to award a limited number of grants annually for journalism-related projects and events that support the Foundation’s mission to promote excellence in journalism through training and education.

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Small Market and Community Journalism FOI Grants

The Headliners Foundation of Texas has embarked on a one-year pilot program of grants to reimburse small-market and community news organizations in Texas for extraordinary expenses charged by governmental bodies for open records searches. The grant application process will open September 6, 2016, and will continue until the 2016 Foundation funding for the grants is awarded.

Here is information for you to determine if your news organization is eligible and how you can apply.

The goal is to help community journalism organizations overcome financial challenges in open records costs to pursue enterprise related to public issues in keeping with the Headliners Foundation mission: “Promoting Excellence in Texas Journalism.”

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Donations may be made directly to the general endowment of the Foundation, or may be specifically directed to benefit scholarships, the annual journalism contest, the speaker series, website or endowment in general.

Donations may be made outright or in pledged amounts to be paid in scheduled increments over a period of years. Click here for a summary of each program, including donor benefits. Click here for ways to donate. Please visit the Founders’ Scholarship Fund page for more information on this portion of the Foundation’s mission fulfillment.

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