Gannett Foundation Grants

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Under the auspices of our parent company, News10 is pleased to be able to offer Gannett Foundation grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. 

The intent of these grants is to improve the education, health and welfare of the people who live in Northern California. These contributions are our way of helping to improve the quality of life and addressing the most pressing community issues.

We value projects which take a creative approach to such fundamental issues as education,  neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

If your organization is located in the News10 service area, and your program  primarily serves citizens living in that sixteen county area, you may apply to the station for a Gannett Foundation grant. 

If you are unsure about your organization's eligibility, please send a one-page letter of inquiry to the address at the bottom of this page.  Please do NOT send proposals or inquiries directly to the Foundation offices in Tyson's Corners, Virginia.  Phone calls regarding Foundation grants are not accepted.

We consider grant applications twice a year. Please submit your proposal to the contact at the daily newspaper or television station in your area by February 16th or August 15th.

Proposals are accepted at any time during the year. The Management Contributions Committee at Gannett corporate headquarters reviews proposals three times a year from February through November.

Generally, applicants should plan on 60 to 90 days for processing and a decision. The management of News10 will notify applicants of decisions and send contributions.


Your proposal of no more than five pages should be sent to Maria Barrs, News10's President and General Manager (see address at the bottom of this page), and must contain the following information:

-- Completed application form.

-- Needs statement.

-- IRS letter of determination of 501(c)(3) tax exemption  (mandatory for consideration).

-- Objectives of the project to be funded Your organization's qualifications to carry out the project whether the project is new or ongoing Constituency to be served.

-- Community and volunteer involvement.

-- How the project will be evaluated.

-- Plans for continued funding of the project, if applicable.

-- One-page project budget, and an organizational budget. List of other funding sources, committed and applied for.

-- Pertinent publications may be included.

-- If you have not been determined a tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3), please include a copy of your application for exempt status (IRS Form 1023).


Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund. As a result, contributions will not be considered for the following purposes: 

-- Individuals.

-- Organizations not determined by the IRS to be tax-exempt under 501(c)(3).

-- National or regional organizations unless their programs address specific local community needs.

-- Programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion of religious doctrine or tenets.

-- Elementary or secondary schools (except to provide special initiatives or programs not provided by regular school budgets).

-- Political action or legislative advocacy groups or voter registration drives. -- Endowment funds.

-- Multiple-year pledge campaigns.

-- Medical or other research organizations.

-- Organizations located in or benefiting nations other than the U.S. and the territory of Guam.

-- Fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, veterans' organizations, volunteer firefighters or similar groups.


Completed grant applications should be mailed to:  
Maria Barrs, President & General Manager
400 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818  

Please submit questions regarding the grant process via e-mail or conventional mail.  We regret that we are unable to take telephone calls regarding Gannett Foundation grants.

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