By AFRO Staff

The Facebook Journalism Project and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism recently announced 30 additional recipients of Community Network grants; one of them being the AFRO American Newspaper. News organizations will use these grants to support projects aimed at building community and new paths to sustainability in local news. Each Community Network applicant can request a grant for any amount up to $25,000. Previous winners were announced in July 2019 and September 2019.

This diverse group of Community Network grantees are creating initiatives that shift the focus from coverage for communities to coverage with communities, enabling greater collaboration between news organizations and those they aim to serve.

AFRO Publisher Frances “Toni” Draper, shown with many of the AFRO employees, is happy for new funding for continuing mandate. (Photo by Titus Burrell)

The AFRO’s specific project is to gather intergenerational groups for conversations, supported with archival content, about the impact of women’s suffrage on the legacy of the Black vote and why it matters today.

“It’s exciting to have support for our ongoing mandate to keep justice issues primary in our community,” said AFRO publisher, Frances “Toni” Draper. “And it’s especially heartening in this year of the ‘African American and the Vote,’ the designated Black History Month theme. Getting out the vote, getting souls to the polls, motivating non voters and first timers – with a good sprinkling of those who historically made it happen –  these themes will be our focus in partnership with the surrounding community.”

In addition to funding, Community Network grant recipients will be matched with mentors to receive guidance on specific program outcomes, from industry leaders as well as former or current participants in the Facebook Journalism Project’s Local News Accelerator programs.