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Since its founding in 1961, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation has promoted excellence and ethics in journalism. The SDX Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization that supports the educational programs of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves the professional needs of journalists and students pursuing careers in journalism.
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The deadline for grant proposals is February 19. You may submit your application online using this form..
Processing the Grant Application
Follow-up: Grant Recap Report
Guidelines for continuing funding
The Sigma Delta Chi (SDX) Foundation seeks, accepts and manages funds for educational and training projects for the Society of Professional Journalists.
The SDX Foundation Board is responsible for the investment, management and disbursement of Foundation funds.
The SDX Foundation allocates funds to grantees periodically (usually once a year) on the basis of:
Written requests and recommendations from the Board of the Society of Professional Journalists.
The availability of SDX Foundation funds.
The relevance and value of the request, as judged, independently, by the SDX Foundation Board.
Evidence of the sound use of funds in projects requiring periodic funding.
II. Processing the Grant Application
Applications are first reviewed and discussed by the SDX Foundation's Grants Committee.
The Committee may request additional information if necessary.
Proposals are evaluated against competing proposals and the committee makes recommendations to the SDX Foundation Board. The board votes to approve or deny funding.
Any grant approved will be administered according to the instructions of the SDX Foundation Board.
III. Grant Monitoring
The trust placed in the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation by its own donors and contributors and its status as a tax-exempt charitable organization requires fiscal integrity.
Requirements for grant recipients include the following:
The grant must be used in accordance with the goals and purposes set forth in the grant proposal, for purposes clearly identified as educational and as charitable under applicable state and federal laws.
When projects or programs are operated for less than the anticipated budget figures, all excess (unexpended) funds and any earned interest must be returned to the SDX Foundation.
All grant recipients must submit a midterm (six months) and a final (annual) narrative report the grant performance report describing the process of the program or project as well as a financial report detailing how the funds have been used. These performance reports will be reviewed by the board to determine if the program or project is progressing as anticipated and to verify that the expenditures are in accordance with the grant proposal. If these reports are not submitted or reflect discrepancies, additional funding may be withheld.
The SDX Foundation maintains the right to order an independent audit or to recind funding for noncompliance.
IV. The Application
You may now apply for grants using our online form. Deadline: February 19.
As part of your application, please provide the following documents:
your organizations 501 (c)(3), IRS exemption letter or 501 (c)(3) application
your organizations most recent year-end financial statement
You will be asked either to upload or email the documents when you apply.
VI. Follow-up: Grant Recap Report
Grantees are required to submit a Grant Recap Report.
Within 30 days following the expenditure of the grant, or within one year whichever occurs first grantees submit a brief Grant Recap Report which includes the following:
How have the funds been used?
How have the goals of the program or project been accomplished?
Who was served?
What was the impact?
Submit any brochures, news articles or products created by the grant.
If the grant funds have not been spent and the grant purpose not achieved, explain and provide a time table for completion.
Grant Recap Reports are shared with the Grants Committee.
Submit the Grant Recap Report to:
Grant Recap Report
Sigma Delta Chi Foundation
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
A recommendation to continue funding from the SPJ Board for SPJ programs.
A review of the program/projects Recap Report.
The availability of Foundation funds.
The Grants Committees independent determination that the program or project funds have been administered effectively to date and determination that the program or project remains relevant to SPJ goals.
Direct questions about the SDX Foundations grants or grant proposal procedures to email@example.com or call 317/927-8000.