Fellow Organization’s Highlights and Funders/Grantees Announcements:

Announcing the launch of the
Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange

The community-grounded accelerator program will provide grant funding and training to Philadelphia-area media entrepreneurs of color

Applications are now open for the Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange, a new accelerator program, designed in partnership with community members, to support the region’s BIPOC media entrepreneurs through training, one-on-one coaching, and grantmaking.

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange focuses specifically on the urgent need and opportunity to support and advance more media entrepreneurs of color to ensure communities prosper and news businesses thrive and grow sustainably on their own terms

Self-identified media makers whose businesses are beyond the concept stage of development are encouraged to apply. The program is open to both entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs,” those working inside of news and media organizations with enterprising endeavors. 

Click here to apply and you can visit this page for details on Exchange programming, eligibility details, and more.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

Please register here to attend a Zoom-based information session on Thursday, January 13 at noon EST with Community Catalyst Jos Duncan Asé, Diana Lu of the Knight-Lenfest News Transformation Fund, and Mara Zapeda of Zebras Unite

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange is supported by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, and the Independence Public Media Foundation.

“Philly media entrepreneurs embody the vision of brotherly love and sisterly affection not only in the content they develop, but also in how they run their business and collaborate with communities,” said Roxann Stafford, managing director of the Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund. “We are excited to continue to support the journeys of these great community business leaders.” 

The Exchange programming, developed and led by co-op Zebras Unite in partnership with  Black and Brown Founders, each past leaders of successful new business accelerators, will begin in February. Participating businesses will receive $10,000 each and training in community-powered journalism, branding and marketing, audience and partnership growth, financial modeling, raising capital, executive leadership and emotional resilience. Each participant will also receive personalized coaching to help advance their goals. 

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to receive follow-on grant funding to help execute their plans. A total of $80,000 will be available to be shared between the grantees. More details on the grant process can be found HERE

Who is eligible to apply for a grant from TPP?

TPP accepts applications from individuals, informally organized groups and organizations, and formally registered or incorporated not for profit organizations based anywhere in the world.

While we try to make sure our application process is open to as many people as possible, we do have a few rules about who is eligible to apply for funding from TPP. These rules are designed to ensure we comply with all legal requirements that govern our grantmaking and to support us in identifying those projects which are best aligned with our mission and values… READ MORE

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