NC Local News Lab Fund awards more than $1.5M to 31 news organizations

The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund at the North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million in new grants to 31 news and community organizations — the most significant investment the Fund has made to date.

This latest round of one-year grants expands investments in the Fund’s network of trusted messengers to deepen their community impact and extend the reach of useful, high quality news and information.

This year’s grant recipients include a diverse range of teams serving communities marginalized by race, class, and geography. With this scaled-up slate of funding, the NC Local News Lab Fund increases the number and amount of general operating grants deployed to organizations that deliver high-quality, accessible, and reliable news in North Carolina.

This critical support provides grant partners with even more flexibility to reinforce their capacity and sustain their operations — especially organizations that have been historically excluded from traditional philanthropy due to racial and systemic inequities.

“When we launched the NC Local News Lab Fund in 2017, our mission was to transform the news and information infrastructure in North Carolina to reach communities that mainstream media have never consistently served,” said Lizzy Hazeltine, Director of the NC Local News Lab Fund. “Five years later, we are thrilled to reach this funding milestone and scale our support of organizations who provide local NC residents with the vital information they need to make decisions about their health and democracy.”

Read more and find out what organizations received grants.