Ohio Health and Human Services Reporting Grant

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The Center for Community Solutions is proud to sponsor the inaugural

Ohio Health and Human Services Reporting Grant!

The Center for Community Solutions, a 106-year-old nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Cleveland, is seeking applications from reporters who want to report original stories about health and human services related topics in Ohio, who need additional funding to help cover costs associated with this type of reporting.

Community Solutions is committed to being “hands off” in the editorial process.

It’s important that each journalist/newsroom who receives a grant maintains his or her editorial independence. If it is helpful to the report, our experts will be available to discuss health and human services topics with reporters who are awarded grants but this is NOT required.


The grant is open to journalists who live and/or work within 100 miles of Cleveland.


Community Solutions will award grant(s) of up to $2,500 for expenses related to original reporting on important health and human services topics in Ohio. Journalists who apply should have a working knowledge of the topic and a good idea of what it will take/how to complete the project. Funds can be used for expenses related to reporting including things like transportation, data purchases, research expenses, etc.


Applications will be accepted from April 8, 2019 through 5 p.m. on May 19, 2019. Reporters who are awarded grants will be required to publish work supported by the fund on a Northeast Ohio based media outlet within 12 months of the grant award. Northeast Ohio based media outlets may include news-oriented publications, websites, television stations and/or radio stations.

Please apply electronically below.

If you have any questions about applying for the grant or about the grant review and award process, please reach out to Dani Carlson, Director of Communications and Digital Strategy.


From 2008 to 2017, according to the Brookings Institute, newsroom employment in the U.S. dropped by 23 percent.

The loss of local news and local newsrooms is not only detrimental to the news industry but also to the overall population. Research has shown it leads to/has been associated with increased costs in many areas – including increased government inefficiencies. One of Community Solutions’ goals is to improve health, social and economic conditions and we believe strong health and human services reporting is an important step to achieve that for all Ohioans.

Application for Ohio Health and Human Services Reporting Grant

Please fill out and electronically send the application below by May 19, 2019 at 5 p.m.
  • Grants may be awarded to individual reporters or newsrooms. The Center for Community Solutions does not have the capacity to help reporters place stories.
  • We would like for your finished health and human services reporting to be republished on CommunitySolutions.com, and for you to write a blog about your experience – please confirm with your agency/editor that this is acceptable. If you are selected for the grant you will be asked to provide a letter from your employer (intended outlet for freelance reporters) approving this arrangement, as well as confirming your employer's support of your project/acceptance of grant funds in advance of the grant award.