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.


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.  Since 2019, the PNA Foundation has proudly donated more than $31,000 across Pennsylvania funding podcasts, internships and student fellowships, special freelance coverage, database training, diversity efforts, climate change reporting, technology enhancements and new audience-growing products.

Amounts Available

$200 – $1,500

2023 Application Deadline

Quarterly: March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31

2023 Awards Announced



1.  Complete and sign the Fellows Grant Application 2023.

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 the quarterly deadline of March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 or Dec. 31.

New to requesting grants?  Check out these helpful tips. The Fellows Grant selection committee requires goals, timelines and cost with the understanding that preliminary and final reports are required to prove how outcomes matched the goals as well as the effectiveness of the efforts.  When submitting preliminary and final reports, grant recipients should answer the following questions in regards to their program or project:

    • How have the funds been used?
    • How have the goals of the program or project been accomplished?
    • Who was served?
    • What was the impact?
    • Submit any brochures, news articles or products created by the grant. Links to stories, podcasts, videos, testimonials, etc., are encouraged.
    • If the grant funds have not been spent and the grant purpose not achieved, explain and provide a timetable for completion.

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

*The Foundation Fellows Grant Committee reserves the right to award no grant, or to award a lesser amount than requested. Incomplete grant applications may be disqualified from consideration or additional information may be requested.

Past Grant Recipients

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.

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