Community Listening + Engagement Fund

The Community Listening and Engagement Fund (CLEF) is a grant-making initiative to help news organizations produce more relevant and trusted coverage for the diverse audiences they serve. The fund subsidizes the costs for newsrooms to adopt methods and tools designed for this purpose. In its pilot year, CLEF is supporting opportunities for newsrooms to experiment with Hearken and GroundSource.

Our vision is to grow the fund over time to include a robust suite of services and tools that newsrooms can use to connect with their communities.

CLEF was created by the News Integrity Initiative (NII), the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

More information about CLEF, the application process, and the Hearken and GroundSource services is available on the Lenfest Institute website.

Latest CLEF News:

The Community Listening and Engagement Fund Announces a New Round of Grants for Newsrooms Featuring an Expanded Suite of Engagement Tools (October 2018)

18 Newsrooms Get More Than $100,000 for Engagement Work (August 28, 2018)

The Community Listening and Engagement Fund Awards First Round of Grants to 34 News Organizations  (April 11, 2018)