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					                                        Wisconsin Community Fund
                                      MEDIA JUSTICE FUND Fall 2008
                                        Media Justice Toolkits Grants
The Wisconsin Community Fund, as part of the Funding Exchange's Media Justice Fund, seeks proposals for Media
Justice Toolkits Grants.

Deadline: Applications (one original plus 12 copies) must be submitted by ground mail to
Wisconsin Community Fund
1202 Williamson St., Ste “D”
Madison, WI 53703.
They must be postmarked by Friday, November 14, 2008.

Grant Amount: $5,000 to $7,000 for one year.

Introduction
Definition: Media Justice Toolkits (MJT): popular education materials that motivate local communities to address
the impact of media policy on grassroots communities; promotes media awareness and/or media activism; support or
creation of community controlled, independent media infrastructure; advocacy and outlining concrete steps for
media activism. What's a media justice toolkit? A media justice toolkit is comprised of materials in print, audio, video,
digital, web-based or PowerPoint formats that provide language and understanding around media policy and
advocacy. A toolkit can introduce social justice activists to the basic tools and resources that are necessary to change
existing media policy as well as present ways in which community groups can use media to promote issues related to
social justice.

A media justice toolkit can...

    (1) Examine the impact of media policy on marginalized communities (communities of color and low-income
    communities) This MUST be addressed in your answer.
    (2) Provide people with the skills and knowledge to support or create community controlled, independent
        media infrastructure
    (3) Train people to use a progressive framework when analyzing media and its role within the community
    (4) Outline concrete steps that lead to media justice action and activism

Successful proposals will...
   (1) Demonstrate how constituents are included in the design phase of the project and explain how the toolkits
   will be distributed within the target community
   (2) Promote the leadership of people of color, women, queer people, and youth
    (3) Demonstrate how the work will affect not just people today but members of the community in future
    generations. Generally, this means that the work is directed toward permanently changing a system,
    institution, or policy.

Eligibility:
Media Justice Toolkit grants are open to organizations working for media and/or social justice located within
Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Community Fund supports activities by organizations that are tax-exempt under the
Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), or have established a relationship with a fiscal sponsor with IRS tax-
exempt status.

Decision Making Process
All application materials are carefully read, discussed and evaluated by the WCF Grants Allocation
Committee. Those proposals that best meet the funding criteria are chosen by the WCF Grants Allocation
Committee for grants.




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                                        Media Justice Toolkits Grants

                   The grants will support organizing efforts to reform media policies, establish
                community media infrastructure and promote accountability by media corporations.

Wisconsin Community Fund Awarded these Media Toolkit Grants in 2007:

Progressive Media Project          Madison       $5,000
To provide two Advocacy Media Clinics to train community-based nonprofit organizations and individual
activists to effectively, creatively and regularly advance their issues and constituency interests in the media.
Both workshops will utilize the Progressive Media Project’s “Voices of Diversity media tool kit, but will
further develop writing skills and provide follow-up assistance with editing, placing and tracking
commentaries in local, statewide and regional newspapers, as well as web-based publishing venues.

Other examples of what toolkits might be...

   Media Regulations: understand local, national, or international media regulatory policy and ownership.
      o Example: Produce a workshop that provides a glossary of terms and readily accessible examples about
         the transition from analog broadcast to digital broadcast of television and radio programming.

   Technology: understand the ways in which technology is used to support or deny broad and diverse access to
    media.

        • Example: Produce a video with news stories, interviews or statistical data about broadband, dialup
            and wireless connection in underserved communities.
   Relationship to Social Justice Work: understand the interplay between social justice movements and media
    activism.
         Example: Write feature-length articles specifically focused on linking media activism to social justice
             history.
    Community-Controlled Media: understand how to organize and support locally controlled, progressive media
    sources.
         Example: Explain the process of setting up a Low-Power FM radio station or Community Wireless that
             provide a forum for community voices.
    Best Practices: understand historically successful models from other communities on taking action to affect
    local, municipal, state or federal policymaking on media issues.
         Example: Create popular education materials incorporating the experiences and knowledge of local
             media makers and community activists around issues of radical media history, policy, advocacy,
             organizing and training.

The media justice toolkits are not limited to the examples above.




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          This Page (3) and Page 4 include: Timeline, Application Materials, Technical Assistance,
                            Restrictions, Budget Page and Mailing Instructions.

TIMELINE FOR Media Justice Grants September 2008 - December 2008:
W September 15, 2008       Announcement of Media Justice Grants sent out by mail (postcard), email and
                           applications posted on WCF website.
W October 8, 2008          Workshop with Consultant on writing Media Justice proposals
                           in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center – Exhibition Hall 9:30 AM- 1:30 PM
                           Free Parking and Lunch
F November 14, 2008        Media Justice Grants applications due in Madison office. You must submit one
                           original plus 12 copies.
December 2008 – January 2009 On Site Visits
February 2009              Checks sent out to grantees and Grantees announced

APPLICATION MATERIALS
    A completed COVERSHEET (see enclosed INSERT A/B.) Attach the original to the original application
     and make 12 copies of the coversheet to attach to each of the proposal copies. (2 sides)
    PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1-3 sides) Questions A-G are all part the Project Description. Your responses
       to A - G must be on 8 1/2” x 11” paper. Please type each question before the answer.
       You are allowed a total of 1 -3 sides to answer all of Questions A-H.
       A) Mission (1-3 sentences)
      B) A description of your project and how it reflects the Media Justice Toolkits definition Definition: Media
      Justice Toolkits (MJT): popular education materials that motivate local communities to address the impact
      of media policy on grassroots communities; promotes media awareness and/or media activism; support or
      creation of community controlled, independent media infrastructure; advocacy and outlining concrete steps
      for media activism.
      C) A clear statement of the people involved (Staff, organization, board, constituency)
      D) A brief description of the organizing plan/strategy (This is an IMPORTANT Question)
      E) A clear description of the Media POLICY Issue your proposal addresses as shown on the Coversheet
      F) a timeline (not more that a quarter of a side)
      G) the plan’s potential impact on the community, and
      H) A project evaluation plan.
     BUDGET Page: You must use Page 4 (1 side)
     A letter from the IRS certifying the non-profit, tax-exempt status of your organization or its fiscal
       sponsor. A letter from the Fiscal Sponsor agreeing to be the Fiscal Sponsor, MUST be included in the
       packet.

       Your proposal will have a total of no more than 8 sides. If you do not adhere to the page
                      requirements, your application will not be considered.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Please call or email Betsy Lawrence at 608-251-6834 or betsy@wcfund.org
Monday thru Friday 9:00 Am – 3:00 PM. September 15 - November 13, 2008. In the event Betsy is away from
the office, she will make sure she answers phone messages and emails within 24 hours. Please call or email to
schedule a meeting. There will be no Technical Assistance available Sept. 17-19 and Oct. 29 – Nov. 10, 2008.

RESTRICTIONS FOR GROUPS:
Groups applying for Media Justice Funds cannot have general operating budgets of over $400,000. If your group has
a general operating budgets of over $400,000, your application will not be considered.
Groups doing ANY video or film production or distribution can NOT apply for funding from WCF through the
Media Justice Fund. Your group must contact the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media at the Funding
Exchange ( phone: 212.529.5300 fax: 212.982.9272 or info@fex.org)
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                                          BUDGET PAGE
                     Organizational      Organizational      Media Justice        WCF Grant portion
                     Budget 2007         Budget 2008         Toolkits Project     Media Justice
                                                                                  Toolkits Project
Expenses
Salaries/Wages
Payroll Taxes,
Unemployment, WC
Consultants
Travel
Rent & Utilities
Postage & Delivery
Phone & Fax
Equipment
Supplies
In-Kind Expenses
Other (specify)

Project Expenses
Total Expenses

Income
Other Foundations
Donations
Events
In-Kind Income
Other (specify)

Total Income


Groups that do not follow the instructions on the Application packets will not have their applications
                                             considered.

APPLICATION PACKETS: You must submit one original plus 12 copies as your Application
Packet. Each copy MUST include all of the pages including the Cover Page. Mail your Application
Packet to the WCF Madison office Application MUST be in the Madison office on Friday November
14, 2008. Faxed and Email copies will NOT be accepted.

Please mail to:
                            Betsy Lawrence, Director of Program Services
                                    Wisconsin Community Fund
                                    1202 Williamson St., Ste “D”
                                        Madison, WI 53703




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Wisconsin Community Fund
1202 Williamson Street, Ste D                                              # MJF___________
Madison WI 53703                                                           Rcd ____________
608-251-6834                                                               Fd ____________
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                                         COVER PAGE

ORGANIZATION:_____________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________
          Street                             City               State        Zip

PHONE:(_____)______________________________FAX:(___ )________________________________

E-MAIL:______________________________________OFFICEHOURS:_________________________

CONTACT PERSON:__________________________________________________________________

EVENING PHONE:(_____)___________________________________

This proposal addresses one of the following media policy issues. You MUST Circle one:
      Net Neutrality
      National Broadband
      Media Ownership
      Public Media
      Other policy issues affecting communities

2. Description of how Grant funds will be used:




3. Amount requested $______________________
                          You MUST use this sheet. Do not make your own version.
                                        Attach this sheet, this side up,
                            to the top of the original Application and each copy.

                                                    -A-
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  Tax Exempt Information, Demographic Profile and Affirmative Action Signature Page

Has your organization ever been funded by WCF? [ ]Yes [ ]No
If yes, list year(s) and amount(s)___________________________________________________

Is your organization: [ ]Incorporated [ ]Non-profit [ ]Other(explain): _____________________

Has your organization ever applied for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS?
[ ] Yes [ ] No
    If yes, application is   [ ] Approved [ ] Pending      [ ] Rejected

   If rejected, explain why and when: ______________________________________________

If your organization does not have tax-exempt status, you must have a tax-exempt organization or agency
agree to act as your fiscal sponsor.

Fiscal Sponsor:________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address:_____________________________________________________________________
             Street                         City              State       Zip

ContactPerson:___________________________________ Phone:(_____)________________

        Complete Demographic profile of the board and staff of your organization.
                   Do NOT include the names of the board and staff.

            People of Color     White     Men      Women        LGBT        Urban      Rural      Total
Board
Staff

               ANTI-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT AND SIGNATURE

My organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, disabilities,
religious background, national origin, or any other category of Wisconsin protected classes in accordance
with Wisconsin or Federal law. My organization does not discriminate on the basis of employment status.

I have prepared and/or reviewed this proposal, and if funding is granted, I agree to see that the project is
carried out as proposed. If changes become necessary, I will see that WCF is notified in writing and
approves of those changes.

Name of Person Signing: ___________________________Title:________________________

Signature: _________________________________________ Date: ___________________
                         You MUST use this sheet. Do not make your own version.
                                     Attach this sheet, this side down,
                           to the top of the original Application and each copy.
                                                    -B-
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