The Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News grant program is aiming to diversify the digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and role of women entrepreneurs.
A successful applicant will pitch an innovative digital news media enterprise with a well conceived plan for sustainability after initial funding has ended.She will clearly demonstrate how the enterprise delivers news in new ways, and she will outline tangible benchmarks for her success as a digital news media entrepreneur.
Applicants must be U.S.-based women journalists (full-time, part-time or freelance news media professionals are eligible).
The IWMF’s Women Entrepreneurs in Digital News grant program was developed in 2011 to diversify the emerging digital news media landscape by expanding the voice and role of women entrepreneurs. In addition to seed funding, grantees receive pro-bono coaching, and participate in a monthly call series featuring leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts over the course of one year.
The IWMF will award three $20,000 grants to women journalists who seek to become online news entrepreneurs. This initiative is made possible with generous support from the Ford Foundation.
Applicants must propose a new enterprise that uses digital media in innovative ways to deliver news. The IWMF will only consider startups in early beta stage or ones that have not yet launched.
Applicants must include a plan that demonstrates sustainability beyond the IWMF grant period.
Personal blogs and one-time documentary projects will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted from November until February (exact dates will be posted after the next application process has begun). Late applications will not be accepted. Winners will be notified in March.
An advisory committee of new media experts and entrepreneurs will select the finalists, who will be interviewed by the IWMF prior to a final vote by the committee.
The IWMF accepts applications from teams. If you are applying as part of a team, please indicate this on the application, and include the role that each team member will play in the enterprise. Submit one application per team. Please note that the lead applicant of the team must be female, along with at least half of the team members applying for funding.
Applicants must be legally residing in the United States to apply.
Due to the high volume of applications received, only finalists will be contacted by IWMF staff regarding their status.
Unfortunately, the IWMF is unable to provide feedback to individual applicants due to the volume of applications received.
Please email us with any questions related to the application, including difficulty submitting an application. Please refrain from contacting the IWMF to inquire about the status of your application.