Local media needs help. Shrinking local newsrooms and small news startups don’t have travel budgets to send journalists out to tell stories about solutions from other places. We fill that gap.
Metro areas are where our most complex problems, from health to climate change to racial inequity, are most deeply felt. They’re also where innovative solutions can help the most people.
Our travel grants enable journalists to do on-the-ground reporting, which is so critical to telling stories about what’s working and why with texture, color, and deep understanding.
About Neal Peirce
The journalist Neal Peirce spent a career writing about the people, programs, and ideas making cities and metropolitan regions work better for all their people. And he was constantly on the road to get the story.
Stories by Our Grantees
Helping homeowners to replace air conditioners and patch walls cuts their utility bills and reduces greenhouse-gas emissions. Ashli Blow went to Memphis for Tennessee Lookout to report on how weatherization benefits residents and supports local contractors.
Mobile health clinics are a growing option for hard-to-reach populations to get the care they need. Anika Nayak went to Boston to report on how the Mass General Brigham Community Care Van works. Her story ran in the health news site STAT.
Vermont is a national model for mitigating flood risks associated with mobile home communities. Colleen Hagerty went there to see how those policies held up after two-record breaking floods. Her story appeared in Heatmap.
The people who conduct autopsies make critical determinations about what caused a person’s death. Caroline Tracey went to Hidalgo County, Texas, to see why it’s so important to have a trained medical professional doing the work. Her story appeared in The Nation.
A New Orleans nonprofit takes chefs and restaurant workers out on boats to see firsthand how a disappearing shoreline harms the ecosystems where local seafood comes from. Rory Doyle’s photos in The Bitter Southerner magazine showed what they learned.
Sometimes, the cure for a respiratory problem like asthma is forcing a landlord to fix mold or other issues. For this Boston Globe story, Julia Hotz went to Cincinnati to see how a medical program that prescribes legal counsel is paying off for patients.
Across the nation, cities are tackling problems like climate change, racial inequities, affordable housing, crime, and public health. Yet resources are shrinking for journalists to get out in the field to report on solutions and spread ideas that make communities stronger.
Our travel grants make stories happen.