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Every Voice, Every Vote grants $2.875 million to 71 Philadelphia media and community organizations to expand access to civic news and information

Tuesday, June 25, 2024


More than 70 Philadelphia media organizations and community groups are partnering with  the Every Voice, Every Vote coalition to launch journalism and civic engagement projects  that connect residents to local government and track the progress of the city’s new  administration.  

The 71 media and community organizations have been awarded a total of $2.875 million by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, which manages Every Voice, Every Vote. Philadelphians are eager for positive change, and the funding will enable partners to focus  on public safety, affordable housing, sanitation, education, economic opportunities, and  other issues that matter to their communities.  

Lead support for Every Voice, Every Vote in 2024 and 2025 is provided by the William Penn  Foundation with additional funding from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Comcast  NBC Universal, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Henry L. Kimelman Family  Foundation, Judy and Peter Leone, Arctos Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, 25th Century  Foundation, and Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation. 

The Every Voice, Every Vote partners represent the full diversity of Philadelphia.  Community media organizations including Inti Media, Madre Tierra, New Mainstream  Press, WURD Radio, FunTimes Magazine, and the Philadelphia Gay News will cover the  issues and conversations that matter most to their communities.  

Digital media companies including Philadelphia Hall Monitor, Generocity, and Chalkbeat  will join legacy outlets like The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Tribune, and WHYY to make the city’s government more accessible through news coverage and engagement  initiatives. 

Neighborhood organizations including Children First PA, Committee of Seventy, Congreso  de Latinos Unidos, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Enon Tabernacle Baptist  Church, PA Youth Vote, and more will provide community members opportunities to make  their voices heard and engage in civic processes.

All reporting and events hosted by Every Voice, Every Vote partners will be free to access  and be shared on 

Grant funding ranges from $10,000 to $130,000 to support community-centered projects that will run from July 2024 through December 2025 and prioritize solutions-focused  accountability reporting, civic engagement, and more through four distinct calls to action: 

• Be heard: Let public officials and fellow community members know our priorities — at the polls and in our neighborhoods.  

• Be engaged: Participate in town halls and civic engagement events to dive deep  into the issues that matter most. 

• Be accountable: Transcend apathy and ensure public officials and communities  are doing their part.  

• Take action: Make change in small and big ways: sign petitions, show up to public  meetings, unite our neighborhoods around important issues. 

Throughout 2024 and 2025, Every Voice, Every Vote will build upon its initial success as  Philadelphia’s largest-ever collaborative journalism and community engagement effort. In  the run-up to the city’s 2023 municipal elections, 130 media, community, and social media  coalition partners created more than 365 civic engagement projects and published nearly  600 pieces of journalism to inform voters. The coalition hosted 38 candidate forums and  published resources in 15 languages.  

“As we build on the momentum of the first round of Every Voice, Every Vote, we are again  seeking to engage Philadelphians in every neighborhood across the city to ensure that their  voices are heard and the issues that they most care about are being addressed,” said  Lenfest Institute Head of Philadelphia Programs Shawn Mooring. 

In addition to the funded partners, the Every Voice, Every Vote coalition includes 6abc,  FOX29, NBC10/Telemundo62, and additional local media and community organizations.  Every Voice, Every Vote has also partnered with local independent social media creators.  

Nine media organizations and 15 community organizations are joining Every Voice, Every  Vote coalition for the first time.  

A full list of Every Voice, EveryVote partners is available on The Lenfest Institute website.

Learn more about Every Voice, Every Vote and sign-up for email updates about the project  at Others interested in learning more about how to join Every  Voice, Every Vote or support the project can email




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