2013 Illinois High School Media Mini-Grants Program
This grant program made possible through funding from the Illinois Press Foundation.
Need a computer, software or other equipment for your school media program?
The Illinois First Amendment Center’s (IFAC) Illinois High School Media Mini-Grants Program is offered to Illinois public or private high schools with existing media programs. Sorry, home schools are not eligible.
How to Apply:
- Grant Requests are due on or before February 28, 2013. Submit via email to Barry Locher, Illinois Press Foundation Director, at
REQUESTS MAY NOT EXCEED $1,500.
- In two pages or fewer:
- Identify school, district number, school address with zip code, school phone with area code, school website, principal’s name, media adviser’s name and email address and amount being requested.
- Describe the community your school serves, why your school is applying for this grant, and a statement of what you ultimately hope to gain from receiving grant funds. Be specific as to how the funds will be used. (Cost estimates are acceptable.)
- Describe the proposed outcomes of your proposal’s success. What challenges, if any, might complicate your success? How will you address these concerns?
- If your school is willing to match any grant funds you may receive, please include this information in your request.
- Describe how your proposal demonstrates the use and support of the principles of the First Amendment.
The applicant will agree to:
- Submit a final report — See Report on Use of Grant funds below.
- Return any unspent funds to the IPF. See “Time Line” below for details.
What the IPF Will / Will Not Fund:
Listed below are some examples of projects we will and will not fund. Neither list is intended to be all-inclusive. If you have questions about acceptable projects, please contact Barry Locher, Illinois Press Foundation Director.
Projects We Will Fund:
- To equip newsrooms with hardware and/or software needed to produce print or online newspaper
- To increase student broadcast media
- To launch/establish new web reporting version of existing publication
- To advance journalism excellence and free expression
- To educate students about news literacy
Projects We Will Not Fund:
- This program is not intended to start a journalism or other media program where none exists.
- We do not fund the costs of sending students or faculty to training programs or camps.
- We do not fund yearbook production, any equipment used for yearbook creation, or other yearbook staff requests.
- Grant Proposals are due on or before February 28, 2013 and must be submitted via email only.
- All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process on or before April 17, 2013.
- Any funds not expended by November 1, 2013 must be returned to the IPF by November 15, 2013.
Report on Use of Grants
- Submit a final report, not to exceed two pages, to Barry Locker at on or before December 20, 2013 detailing how the funds were used. Document the successes and/or challenges related to the project and how this funding made a difference in your media program. We will be reporting this feedback to the IPF board of directors.
- We encourage you to share stories and/or updates about the school’s progress toward completing the project.
Please contact Barry Locher at 217.241.1300 or via email at .