Community Storytelling

Focus Areas
Movement Media
Immigrant Voices
Community-Centered Journalism
Media Policy

The Greater Philadelphia region is a hub for grassroots media groups and projects that have deep roots in the communities they serve. At the same time, they don't have consistent access to resources that would help them grow and strengthen their organizations, support the important role they play in their communities, and give them equal footing with white-led/mainstream media organizations.

The Community Storytelling program supports work that amplifies voices, ideas, and solutions rarely heard in the media and tells complex stories with care and compassion. The program focuses on organizations and projects that use audiovisual multimedia tools to center voices from underrepresented communities.

What We Support

    Projects

    $10,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Representation in Media
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support Project Engage, an internet radio programming targeting community violence, mental health, education, and civic engagement in Chester, Pennsylvania and surrounding communities.

    $50,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Representation in Media
    Archives
    Description

    The Heaux History Project (HHP) will use the 2020 Community Voices grant to gather the stories and histories of Black and Brown sex workers and how they are surviving through COVID-19. HHP will collect oral interviews, writings, and artistic representations, with a long term-goal to create a documentary and archival project.

    $45,100 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Movement Media
    Immigrant Voices
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support the launch of an independent news website of bilingual (English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese) investigative stories in the form of articles and videos. Working in collaboration with Philadelphia Latinx, immigrant, and communities of color, each story will be culturally competent with rigorous journalistic standards to expand the coverage of diverse and timely stories told by and for the community.

    $100,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Movement Media
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support a collaboration between 215 People's Alliance, Reclaim Philadelphia, Free Press, and Movement Alliance Project to strengthen and expand information networks that were created in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Using innovative outreach and organizing tactics to meet information needs, the group's project will lift up stories of disconnected and disaffected Philadelphians, and support Black dignity, where systemic barriers to timely, quality information have left city residents in the dark during a public health emergency.

    $46,000 - Awarded July 2020

    Focus areas
    Youth
    Representation in Media
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    The 2020 Community Voices grant will support a series of online and youth-driven programming throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Youth Set The Stage will build a strong network of organizations working in youth media throughout Philadelphia, regularly engage youth media content creators and provide platforms to showcase and present the voices and current perspectives of these Philadelphia youth, creating an audiovisual capsule of the current moment. In the process of the year-long cross-collaborations, YSTS will build an accessible toolkit for instructors working with students remotely.

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