The Media Program supports all sectors of the media, including traditional print, online, or radio. Current and past grantees have worked to raise national awareness of environmental issues, as well as present environmental news in new and engaging ways.

Below are the Foundation’s 2013 grantees through its environment media portfolio, as well as a limited number of special environmental grants that lie outside of program parameters.


General Operating Support - $55,000 (first payment of a two-year grant)

Grist is an environmental media platform that uses journalism and technology to inform the public, inspire change, and shape the national conversation on issues including climate change, consumption, and sustainability. Founded in 1999, Grist blazed a trail as one of the first digital media organizations. In the years since, Grist has earned a reputation as a smart source of environmental news and analysis for its monthly audience of more than 2 million. The mission of Grist is to set the agenda by showing how “green” is reshaping the world. Given the urgent nature of the climate crisis, Grist is committed to creating and implementing communications strategies that will inform and mobilize its monthly audience, while spreading the message of sustainability to millions more.

Island Press

General Operating Support - $25,000

Island Press disseminates new ideas and new tools for environmental problem solving. Its mission is to provide the best ideas and information in the field to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. It does this by identifying critical information needs, consulting with leading experts, vetting new ideas through peer review, and using books and other communication efforts as the basis for public education aimed at helping ideas take hold. Island Press publishes approximately 40 books per year, with an increasing online presence. Its focus areas include oceans and water, energy and climate change, the built environment, ecosystems, and policy, economics, and law.

National Public Radio (NPR)

Environmentally-focused radio programming - $25,000 (second payment of a two-year grant)

The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with member stations to create a more informed public – one that is challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures. NPR’s coverage reaches the largest influential audience in public media: 26.4 million weekly listeners and over 20 million monthly consumers across the organization’s digital platforms. NPR’s coverage is fact-based and its storytelling aims to enlighten and engage their audience with news of the day and critical issues, giving the public the information it needs to participate in the kind of informed debate and action on which a democratic society depends.

Grantees by Year:  2015  |  2014  |  2013