Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Alaska Center for Excellence in Journalism (ACE-J). Applications are accepted twice a year. The application deadline is 11:59 pm (AKST) February 1 and July 1.
ACE-J looks for: stories that increase public understanding of complex, under-reported issues in Alaska. ACE-J encourages collaboration with local news organizations. A majority of the project team must be Alaska-based.
The maximum grant is $25,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, equipment rental and specific services such as data analysis or 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 proposal. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed by the agreed-upon deadline.
Letter of Commitment: Before you apply, you must 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.
Budget Guidelines: 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.
Ethics: Grantees are required to abide by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics and the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics.
Review: 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.
Disclaimer of Liability: ACE-J’s mission is to assist journalists. ACE-J assumes no liability for the legal and/or safety risks undertaken by journalists in the course of their reporting.
To apply: Please click on the apply now button to create a profile and access the application online.
Privacy: ACE-J takes the obligation to guard your story ideas seriously. We will not circulate them beyond our review committee. We also realize the contents of your proposal may contain sensitive information. If you are concerned about submitting details, please let us know.
Conflicts of Interest: ACE-J Board members and members of the grant application review committee may not submit individual 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.