Since its introduction a few years ago, the Francis A. Henninger Grant program has contributed to design improvements at newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. Applications from other quarters are still under review. Thousands of dollars in savings are available to program participants.
The grant program, developed by independent newspaper design consultant Ed Henninger, is his effort to reach out to those publishers and editors who believe their newspapers can't afford professional design assistance.
Named after Ed's father, the program is designed specifically to assist community newspapers. Its goal is to create more highly-marketable newspapers.
Here's what some of the participants are saying:
"Ed has worked with us on the redesign of our small weekly newspaper, within the constraints of a fairly limited budget. The grant program has helped us to provide our readers with a spectacularly improved product at a price we can afford. We truly appreciate Ed and the design work he has done on our newspaper." - Chris VanCampen | Publisher | The Morgan County (Utah) News
"We have received many comments about how modern our weekly newspaper now looks. People have told us they can read the type better, the design gives it a fresher look and they are proud to have such a modern-looking hometown newspaper. Thanks for all you've done! You've really opened our eyes and helped us out a lot!" - Melissa Perner | Editor & Publisher | The Ozona Stockman
"Ed came to our rescue after our printer announced a move to a 22-inch web. His free evaluation was dead-on, so we decided to enlist his services. Ed worked with us in deciding what to tackle, redesigned many of our elements and helped us set up a design plan that could be handled by a small staff. What he provided in a short period of time was amazing. The reduced rate was icing on the cake." - Wayne Agner | President | The Trinity Journal
"Finding out about Ed Henninger was a godsend for my papers. Being a small operation, it is difficult to professionally redesign your newspapers. You may have talented people, as I do, but there are time constraints and few designers know all aspects of newspaper redesign as Ed knows. His grant process was simple and straightforward and his willingness to work on parts of the project at a time allows a newspaper on a tight budget to spread the cost. We're rolling out our new page 1 design in the next month and we're very excited. Ed did a great job." - Andrew Polin | Publisher | Polin Media Inc.
"The Francis A. Henninger Grant Program allowed our small newspaper to receive a redesign by a consultant for the first time in its history. It would not have been possible in any other manner. Ed did a great job and challenged us to redesign our newspaper so that it is more functional, easier to read and great to look at. Many, many subscribers have complimented us on the new look. While challenging us to break old habits and old routines that led to dull pages, Ed put the fun back into designing pages each week." - Gary Spurgeon | Publisher | The Bloomfield Democrat
The program is simple: It's a way for your newspaper to benefit from a professional, market-driven and customized redesign at a significantly reduced investment. The amount of your grant is based on criteria such as ownership, staff size, cycle and circulation.
A limited number of grants are awarded each year. Contact Ed Henninger today and he'll send you an application: