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