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TEGNA Foundation Announces Grants to Serve Local Community Needs

Charitable Giving, Storytelling and Employee Volunteerism Aim to Address Pressing Needs

Tysons, VA – The TEGNA Foundation, the charitable foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), announced today it will award 106 community grants in its first-of-two rounds of annual community grantmaking for 2019. The grants are recommended by TEGNA’s local stations, which identify pressing needs in their local communities and address these needs through a combination of grantmaking, storytelling and employee volunteerism.

“Our employees are driven by our strongly-held purpose to serve the greater good of our communities and to make a difference in our work, our company and our communities,” said TEGNA president and CEO Dave Lougee. “We’re very proud to partner with our local stations to help address important community needs and support the well-being of our neighbors where we live and work.”

In addition to TEGNA Foundation Community Grants, individual stations are actively involved in community engagement, raising more than $100 million each year to support local causes and leveraging on-air and digital storytelling to call attention to urgent issues.

TEGNA Foundation Community Grants support the diverse needs of the communities where TEGNA does business, with the majority of distributed grants falling into four of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Categories: Good Health and Well-Being, Quality Education, No Poverty, and Zero Hunger. Grants are vetted by a committee of employees at each station, including the station general manager, and approved by the TEGNA Foundation Board of Directors. For information on how to apply for Round Two of the TEGNA Foundation Community Grants, click here.

26 TEGNA stations are participating in this first-round of 2019 grants, including:

  • WXIA/Atlanta, GA: Supporting Atlanta Community Food Bank’s child nutrition program
  • KMBT/Beaumont, TX: Supporting the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Southeast Texas’s training of advocates for abused and neglected children
  • WGRZ/Buffalo, NY: Supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo’s distribution of school supplies to children in need
  • WCNC/Charlotte, NC: Supporting Classroom Central’s distribution of urgently needed school supplies
  • WKYC/Cleveland, OH: Working with College Now Greater Cleveland to help students successfully enroll in and graduate from college
  • WFAA/Dallas, TX: Working with “Carry the Load” to give back to our military, veterans and first responders
  • KUSA/Denver, CO: Supporting University of Denver’s “Redefining Mental Health” initiatives to destigmatize mental health issues and reduce barriers to care
  • WZZM/Grand Rapids, MI: Supporting the YWCA of Grand Rapids Sexual Assault Response Program, to help victims get the care and attention they need
  • WFMY/Greensboro, NC: Supporting the local YWCA, which provides temporary shelter for families experiencing homelessness
  • KHOU/Houston TX: Supporting the Camp for All Foundation, providing camp experiences for youth with illnesses or special needs
  • WTLV/Jacksonville, FL: Supporting the American Diabetes Associations’ summer camp for kids
  • KTHV/Little Rock, AR: Working with University of Arkansas Foundation—School of Mass Communication to provide scholarships
  • WMAZ/Macon, GA: Supporting Middle Georgia Community Food Bank
  • KWES/Midlands, TX: Supporting Permian Basin Rehabilitation Center, serving the community through compassionate therapy services
  • KARE/Minneapolis, MN: Working with Minnesota Health Fairs to provide health care education and screenings
  • KPNX/Phoenix, AZ: Providing scholarship support to Arizona State University Foundation—Walter Cronkite School of Journalism
  • KGW/Portland, OR: Working with Street Roots to create income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness
  • WLBZ/Bangor, ME and WCSH/Portland, ME: Working with United Way of Greater Portland to provide heat assistance to those in need
  • KXTV/Sacramento: Supporting the Food Literacy Center through after-school programs that encourage healthy eating habits
  • KIDY/San Angelo, TX: Working with Habitat for Humanity to build houses for families in need
  • KFMB/San Diego, CA: Supporting programs for teens of military families at the USO Council of San Diego
  • KING/Seattle, WA: Supporting Plymouth Housing’s wraparound services for those experiencing homelessness
  • KREM/Spokane, WA: Supporting SpokAnimal’s pet adoption program for local veterans
  • WTSP/Tampa, FL: Working with Poynter Institute for Media Studies Inc. for their High School Journalism Program
  • KCEN/Waco, TX: Supporting Operation Stand Down Central Texas help area veterans in need 

WUSA9 in Washington, DC, also announced 11 DC Metro community grants, including:

  • Arc of Prince George’s County, Inc.: Supporting the Dental Service Project, which provides dental care for in-need individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Britepaths, Inc.: Supporting the weekend supplemental food program, helping students in Fairfax County Public Schools who depend on free or reduced-price meals
  • DC Diaper Bank: Providing reliable baby basics and personal hygiene products to those affected by the government shutdown
  • Girls on the Run, DC: Supporting the after-school mentorship program for pre-teen girls in underserved communities in the District of Columbia
  • Girls on the Run NOVA: Supporting their Heart & Soul program, providing a positive and structured space for middle school girls
  • Higher Achievement Program: Supporting the Alexandria Achievement Center, providing enrichment programs for at-risk middle school youth
  • Martha’s Table: Supporting families affected by the government shutdown
  • Open Goal Project: Supporting the Friday Night Lights program, providing a safe space for at-risk middle school youth
  • The Barker Adoption Foundation: Supporting Project Wait No Longer, finding adoptive families in the DC Metro area for at-risk middle school children in foster care
  • United Way of the National Capital Area: Supporting the Impact/Give Back “Do More 24” event
  • Where Angels Play Foundation: Provided $25,000 in support towards an overall $100,000 fundraising goal to build the Gemmell Family Playground, a memorial playground in Gaithersburg, Maryland honoring family members who tragically lost their lives

About TEGNA Foundation
The TEGNA Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. Through its programs, TEGNA Foundation helps to improve lives in the communities served by TEGNA Inc., invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. For more information visit

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