Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism Award

Charles Rappleye

About the Grant

Charles Rappleye’s work as a journalist, editor and author was marked by a commitment to original, enterprising research, creative use of public records and archival sources and a belief in the power of writing and, in particular, the long-form narrative. Learn more about his life through this Los Angeles Times obituary.

The Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism Award will be awarded twice yearly to a working journalist or team in need of resources, either financial or in-kind, to support this kind of journalism.

Grants in amounts ranging between $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded twice a year in December and June. Grants may also include in-kind assistance such as research support, mentoring and access to investigation tools. More than one grant may be given in a given period and applicants with an urgent need may be awarded interim grants outside the regular award cycle.

Grant recipients will be announced at the annual Los Angeles Press Club Awards dinner in June.

Guidelines for Submission

Applicants should have already completed significant work on their project and must be able to identify specific investigation or research steps that they are requesting support to carry out.

Applicants should submit a 1-2 page statement that includes a description of:

  • The project they are working on, including work completed to date
  • What support (cash or in-kind) they need and how they propose to use it

Applicants should also include any supporting materials they consider relevant.

Eligibility is open to all journalists, with preference given to journalists working in and/or writing about Southern California and wider southwest. All formats and mediums will be considered, with preference given to long-form print journalism.

Any subject matter will be considered, and the fund encourages works about law enforcement, immigration and the border, local government and public corruption, the media, civil rights and labor rights, organized crime, U.S. policy and involvement in Latin America and the history of Alta California.

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