Special Project created to pursue excellence in journalism.
We provide support for in-depth, high-impact journalism in Alaska. We encourage ethical coverage of complex, underreported issues, journalism that inspires action, improves lives, and protects democratic values. We support professional training and provide grants to individual projects and collaborative efforts between all forms of media in Alaska.
We aim to inspire and support quality journalism across all media platforms in Alaska to engage, inform, and empower Alaska citizens.
We are looking for stories that increase public understanding of complex, underreported issues in Alaska. We encourage collaboration with local news organizations. A majority of the project team must be Alaska-based.
Applications are accepted twice a year. The application deadline is midnight (AKST) February 1 and August 1. The maximum grant is $25,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, equipment rental and specific services such data analysis and editing. It is ACE-J policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on publication or broadcast of a finished project in accordance with the original purpose. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed by the agreed-upon deadline.
Before you apply, you need to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from an editor or manager who can pledge in writing that the news outlet will publish or air the project you propose – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards. ACE-J requires this commitment before a grant application can be considered. The letter must be on letterhead that includes contact information for the news outlet and the individual signing it.
Your estimated budget must identify all other sources of funding and itemize expenses such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals and services. Be specific. Soliciting other sources of funding is encouraged.
Grantees are required to abide by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.
The ACE-J grant application review committee will review and vote on all eligible proposals. Applicants will be notified by email of the status of the application four weeks after the application deadline has passed.
Use the apply here button to go to the Alaska Community Foundation application portal and choose to create an account. After setting up an account search Journalism to find the grant and begin your application. Please address all prompts in the application. You may save your work and come back to the application, but once you hit APPLY on the final page, you will not be able to make changes.
ACE-J’s mission is to support journalists. ACE-J assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.
We take the obligation to guard your story ideas seriously. We will not circulate them beyond our three-member review committee. We also realize the contents of your proposal may contain sensitive information. If you are concerned about submitting details by email, please contact us.
ACE-J Board members and grant review committee members may not submit grant applications. Members of the grant application review committee must disclose to the other committee members any conflicts of interest with grant applicants or grant applications.