Apply for a grant to reimburse your public records request
The Public Records Small Grants Program is a journalism-funding project administered by the Board of the Oregon Territory Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (which serves Oregon and Southwest Washington) for its members.
Grants are intended to *reimburse* journalists or their news organizations for actual fees charged by government agencies up to $500. A promise of a grant can be secured prior to paying the government agency but actual funds will not be released until fee has been paid.
Documentation of request submitted and any response, including an estimate of fees, will be required if the application passes initial review. Records requests must be crafted and submitted prior to applying for grant funds. Oregon Territory SPJ understands the competitive nature of journalism and its Board pledges to keep requests confidential until notified of the report’s publication.
Grantees are expected to notify the board of the certain date of publication by that day or earlier. Already published/broadcast stories in the current calendar year may also be considered for reimbursement.
Oregon SPJ board meets monthly and will approve or deny any pending requests at the earliest possible opportunity. Grant applications must be received before Dec. 1 for consideration in that year’s allocations. Any applications received after Dec. 1 will be considered for January reimbursement.
Questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant application form: