News for Digital Journalists

November 22, 2011

Women Media Entrepreneurs grant program gets new funding

J-Lab recently announced that its New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative has been awarded $250,000 from the McCormick Foundation to fund eight innovative women-led news startups over the next two years…

Under the grant, eight winners (four in 2012 and four in 2013) will each be given an initial $12,000 to launch their ideas. The winners will receive an additional $2,000 in the second year if they match it with $2,000 from other sources.

Deadline for 2012 proposals: Jan. 27
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So far this program (which started in 2008) has funded 14 digital media projects led by women.

According to Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab (which administers the program) the 2012 NMWE winners “will be the first group required to raise a small match. The change is designed to encourage women entrepreneurs to reach out for advertising, donations, sponsorships, events and other revenue streams that can help make their ventures sustainable. Matching dollars will be awarded as soon as winners document the match.”

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