Grow and Strengthen: Micro-Grants
Grow and Strengthen is an ongoing project of the NJ News Commons to helping seed new news sites in New Jersey, and prod existing hyperlocals to deepen their coverage. Initially funded with a grant from the New Jersey Recovery Fund, the Commons seeded seven news sites in fall of 2013 and awarded seven grants for in-depth reporting. A second start-up class of news start-ups will begin in the summer of 2014.
News sites funded by Grow and Strengthen function as a class, attending trainings together and supporting each other through monthly peer-to-peer mentoring.