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Funding enables nonprofit newsroom’s continued focus on coronavirus impact on communities across North Carolina
Carolina Public Press today announced that it is one of 200 news organizations in the U.S. selected to receive the Facebook Journalism Project COVID-19 US Local News Relief Grant. Combined, these organizations will receive nearly $16 million in grants through the Project’s relief fund for local news. The initiative encourages community through quality journalism by training and partnering with newsrooms around the world and it comes as many newsrooms face unexpected financial constraints at a time when their communities need them more than ever.
“Communities throughout North Carolina count on us to deliver accurate reporting that helps keep their families safe and brings our state together. And, we’re committed to continue our reporting—reporting that delivers facts instead of fear,” said Angie Newsome, Carolina Public Press founder and executive director. “We are so grateful to receive this grant. This will allow us to continue serving our residents during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond, and to respond to immediate community needs.”
Carolina Public Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit statewide news organization devoted to in-depth and investigative reporting across North Carolina. It was one of 2,000 applicants for the COVID-19 Local News Relief Grant Program from newsrooms across every state in the U.S., all U.S. territories and Washington, D.C.
The grant will primarily support the organization’s overall operations and the work of its reporting team to cover COVID-19, as well as reporting about elections and open government in conjunction with CPP’s partnership with Report for America.
Organizations in North Carolina receiving the grants are:
Carolina Public Press Asheville, N.C. Grant Amount: $100,000
Chatham News + Record Siler City, N.C. Grant Amount: $30,300
EducationNC Raleigh, N.C. Grant Amount: $99,153
Enlace Latino NC (Fiscal Sponsor El Centro Hispano Inc.) Knightdale, N.C. Grant Amount: $66,000
La Noticia* Charlotte, N.C. Grant Amount: $40,000
Qcitymetro Charlotte, N.C. Grant Amount: $100,000
Scalawag* Durham, N.C. Grant Amount: $40,000
The Smoky Mountain News Waynesville, N.C. Grant Amount: $75,000
An asterisk denotes participants in the Facebook Accelerator program who are receiving grants. Learn more about the Facebook Accelerator and the COVID-19 Local News Relief Grant Program. Email Carolina Public Press Development Director Lisa Lopez for more information about Carolina Public Press.