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Funders aim to spur local Chicago news

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Nonprofits, business and individuals in Chicago now can apply for funding to create innovative community news sources through the Community News Matters program.

The Chicago Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are offering multiple grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 in an effort to boost options for local Chicago news.

The goal of the project is to engage Chicago residents through a growth in “truthful, accurate and insightful local news” about important local issues, and to help media in the area create new forms and methods of delivering news.

Priority will be given to projects that focus on news for or about low-income or traditionally under-covered communities, and to projects that can be replicated in other geographical areas.

Applications are due Sept. 15; guidelines are available online.

Community News Matters is part of the Knight Foundation’s Community Information Challenge, a five-year, $24 million effort to boost creative use of media to engage people at a local level.

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