Youth Media Literacy Grant

HumanitiesDC is proud to offer a new grant partnership opportunity. The Youth Media Literacy Grant is for organizations to develop media literacy curricula that can be used for either an in-school or out-of-school time program for students ages 12 to 18. Applicants are encouraged to develop programs that use interactive learning models that go beyond the classroom. Potential projects could include political cartooning workshops, field trips to working newsrooms, photojournalism investigations, or the creation of a student produced media literacy guide for their peers. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is providing funding through a program called “Democracy and the Informed Citizen.” As part of this initiative, HumanitiesDC is able to offer three Youth Media Literacy Grants to organizations currently conducting humanities programming for Washington, DC students ages 12 to 18. Each program must bring in at least one Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist to engage with its participants. Applicants will be required to include a detailed description of how this engagement will take place and what the expected outcomes will be.

To Apply

Applications are currently being accepted until May 19, 2020, 11:59pm ET; awardees are tentatively announced in early June 2020. Download the Request for Proposal for grant details and then go to the Grant Application Portal to apply.

Applicants may request up to $10,000. All applicant budgets must show $10,000 in expenses against the grant. Projects should be conducted between July 15, 2020 and March 15, 2021. In addition to the journalist noted above, applications must identify a scholar and how s/he will advise the project through the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to HumanitiesDC Digital Museum.


For questions, contact Andrea Carroll McNeil at