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— Supporting journalism on city solutions

Apply for a Neal Peirce Foundation Journalism Travel Grant

We support journalists in covering under-told stories about ways to make cities and their metro regions work better for all their people.

Our travel grants of up to $1,500 enable journalists to travel to cities within the U.S. to produce one or more stories for publication. The awards, selected through a competitive review process, cover travel expenses necessary for on-the-ground reporting.

We invite full-time freelancers as well as journalists currently employed by a news organization to apply. We anticipate the next application window to open in the fall of 2024.

Eligibility & Expectations

Reporters, writers, editors, and photographers working in print, online, radio, television and multimedia are eligible for travel grant awards if they have had stories published or aired in the previous 3 years. We especially welcome applicants early in their journalism careers or from backgrounds underrepresented in today’s news media.

  • Timing: The expectation is that travel will occur within three months of award receipt, and the story will be submitted to the pitched outlet within three months of travel ending.
  • Geography: Travel must be within the U.S., and can be local or long distance, and by any means of reasonable transport (bus, rail, air, auto, etc.).
  • Promotion: It is expected that stories produced with a grant will briefly mention the Peirce Foundation’s support for the project at the end. Grant recipients are expected to promote the story from their social media accounts and may be asked to participate in Foundation efforts to publicize the availability and impact of Journalism Travel Grants in the future.

Application Review Process

An Advisory Council Journalism Grant Review Committee of established journalists and urbanists carefully review each application, and as a group submit their recommendations about which to fund to the foundation’s Board of Directors.