Monday, January 04, 2010
New Knight Foundation Grant to Fund FOI Advocacy
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has approved a new $2 million, three-year grant to the National Freedom of Information Coalition to launch the Knight FOI Fund and support state open government groups.
In light of the declining levels of FOI advocacy due to the economic crisis and the evolution of the news media, the Knight FOI Fund will fund litigation costs, such as filing fees, deposition costs, and initial consultation fees, if attorneys are willing to take cases that otherwise would go unfiled. Additionally, the NFOIC will offer sustainability and project grants for state FOI coalitions, with a call for new grants to be made in the spring of 2010.