Maine Indian Basketry exhibit


Grants Program

Assisting nonprofit organizations in Maine to develop public projects


Jerome Bennett
(207) 773-5051


Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen

Applications were due October 15, 2018


View the Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen grant awards
Miss the deadline for this special grant category?  No problem, your initiative will qualify for our mini and/or major grants.

What do we need to know for a democracy to thrive? What role does the local press play in helping us stay informed? What role does journalism play in our lives? What are some challenges that social media platforms bring to traditional news sources? How do we determine what to pay attention to when we are exposed to so much media content? How can we identify hidden biases in the information we consume? These are only a few of the many questions to be asked – no doubt you have your own.

There are no simple answers, but we think there is wisdom to be gained by inviting Mainers across the state to discuss these important issues. Our goal is to expand Mainers ‘ understanding of what news is and can be, and to explore the role of journalists and other media representatives.


This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. 

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.