Foundation Fellows Grants

In 1991, the board of directors of the then-named Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers’ Association Foundation established a Fellows Fund to advance press freedoms, improve journalism education, promote the public’s “right to know” and further the cause of literacy in Pennsylvania. The Fellows funds supported the overall mission of the Foundation while earmarking dollars for specific programs that included student and adviser internships and educational excursions.  In 2012, we reignited the spirit of giving through an expanded and multi-tiered Fellows program of support. A Fund for the Future. A commitment to the future.

2021 Recipients

The PNA Foundation is happy to announce its 2021 Foundation Fellows Grants recipients. The selection committee of the PNA Foundation Board of Trustees awarded grants to four PNA members, donating $5,400 to enhance newsrooms across the state.

  • The Centre Daily Times, State College, was awarded $1,500 to support its paid summer news internship that includes a fulltime beat of growth and development..
  • The City of Basketball Love, Philadelphia, received $1,500 to expand coverage of the 2021-22 high school and college basketball season with an extra emphasis on girls’ high school district and state playoffs.
  • PublicSource, Pittsburgh, earned a $1,500 grant to increase the stipend for paid interns which, in turn, enhances the pool and diversity of applicants with greater equity for emerging journalists.
  • The Daily Item. Sunbury, received $900 to pay for staffers to virtually participate in three days of IRE’s NICAR22 conference featuring a mix of panels, demos, hands-on and on-demand data training.

For more information on what Fellows monies support and how to become a Fellow, visit our Fellows page.

The PNA Foundation Fellows Fund for the Future has set aside money for journalism grants to be used by news companies to start new initiatives or enhance current projects. Grant funds can be used for hiring correspondents, purchasing equipment and providing staff training as well as other project expenses. Grants may be used to fund part or all of a project, but should not be used to offset the cost of day to day operations.

Amounts Available

$200 – $1,500

2021 Application Deadline

October 8, 2021

2021 Awards Announced

December 10, 2021


1.  Complete and sign the application cover sheet.

2. Provide a summary of the project, not to exceed one page. To help the committee fully understand your project, please state goals, timeline of project and cost.

3.  Submit your completed application and summary to by October 8, 2021.


Questions can be directed to Melinda Condon at or (717) 703-3002.

*The Foundation Fellows Grant Committee reserves the right to award no grants and to adjust monies awarded based upon determination of need. Incomplete grant applications will be disqualified from consideration.

The PNA Foundation Fellows Fund for the Future exists to advance the mission of the Foundation, meeting critical needs and enhancing opportunities for industry professionals and students. Through the annual support of Sustaining Fellows, monies are designated for special programming and projects. The official registration and financial information of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

Past Grant Recipients

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