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On a monthly basis we offer no-strings-attached micro-grants in varying funds up to $1000 to support crazy, brilliant and positive acts of journalism that are in alignment with the Fourth Estate's mission to foster, support and incubate a sustainable and vibrant free press. These grants are available to anyone, anywhere, in any medium

This is not a loan or an investment from the Fourth Estate, this is a grant and we do not claim any ownership or future claims on your idea, and we don’t want the funds repaid – ever.

The application takes 15 minutes or less. Don't worry If your submission is not chosen during the month you are applying we will keep it on file for a few months.

We do have a few simple rules:

    1. The project must be attainable and completed within 3-6 months of the award.
    2. The grant money cannot be used for personal expenses or operating expenses for an established organization.
    3. The project must uphold the Fourth Estate’s principles, standards and practices of Truth, Transparency and Community.
    4. You agree that the results of the project will be shareable online under a free license, or otherwise be open and made freely and widely available.  We will assist with this if needed.

So…. If you have an great idea then please fill out the application below.