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Grant Opportunities

There are a lot of grants available to support radio and podcast work, whether that audio is investigative reporting, creative fiction, sound art, local news updates or something else entirely. We do our best to keep a thorough list of grant opportunities that could fund the work our members do. Below you will find a list of grant opportunities for radio and podcast producers, editors, audio makers, engineers, hosts and storytellers.

In most cases you need to be recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, charitable organization to accept grant funding. If you’re not a 501c3 organization now, our Freelancer Tool on finding fiscal sponsorship (which includes information on AIR’s fiscal sponsorship program) is a great place to start identifying a fiscal sponsor to support you in your grant funded work.

Other Grant Directories and Resources:

Foundation Center Directory
To win grants, you need the most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grantmakers and the grants they've made. With Foundation Directory Online, you can put Candid's extraordinary database and fundraising expertise to work for your organization, project, or client, while uncovering information on all 242,000 U.S. Foundations. 

News Fuel's Journalism Grants Directory
NewsFuel helps match local journalism projects to funding opportunities.

Grants For Creators 
A newsletter substack roundup of bi-weekly grants by Danielle Desir.

Resources from AIR

AIR’s has quite a few great resources for getting started with grant writing. 

Webinar: Fundraising in Crisis: Is there Any Money Out There???
In February 2020, AIR hosted a webinar on fundraising with Alyce Myatt. The recording along with additional resources are available for AIR members in our Freelancer Tool

Webinar: Can a Local News Podcast Be Financially Sustainable?
On Aug 6, 2020 AIR hosted a conversation about sustaining local news and building a member-supported local news podcast with Santa Cruz Local Co-Founder Kara Meyberg Guzman and LION Publishers Programming Director Anika Anand.

Article: To write a grant, I was both brave and naive: Here are five things I learned by Juleyka Lantigua 
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams is the founder and CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co., a podcast network whose original shows include 70 Million, Latina to Latina, Democracy in Color, and Shot Caller. In this article, she writes about her experiences with grant writing. 


This list is maintained by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. 

We invite and encourage you to expand on this list of conferences by adding other grant opportunities that will be valuable to radio and podcast producers, editors, audio makers, engineers, hosts and storytellers. You can use our submission form to suggest grants programs we may have missed. 

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