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First Amendment Grants

Freedom of Speech and Press

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) awards grants to organizations and education programs dedicated to the protection and promotion of the First Amendment rights pertaining to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Examples of CVF’s First Amendment grants are listed below. All grants are made at CVF’s invitation only.

Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment, UC Davis School of Law

This lecture program and an undergraduate seminar course were created to promote discussion and understanding of First Amendment issues. The lecture program, which is held annually, brings nationally-recognized scholars to the Central Valley to address a range of topics such as “The First Amendment in the Age of Information Overload.”

First Amendment Coalition*

Since CVF’s inception, the foundation has provided annual operating support to this award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, open government and public participation in civic affairs.

George F. Gruner Awards for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism

CVF’s grants help support this program which recognizes Central Valley journalists for in-depth reporting on public service topics that can range from water contamination to teen pregnancy to an examination of special districts.

James B. McClatchy Professorship, Stanford Law School

In 2008, CVF helped establish this endowed professorship which focuses on First Amendment issues in memory of the late James B. McClatchy.

*For more insights from former FAC Executive Director, Peter Scheer, read our Partner Stories

Other Central Valley Foundation Grant Programs