The Walter Kaitz Foundation unveiled a second round of grants during its
annual dinner Wednesday night in New York, aimed at fostering more diversity in
the cable industry.
The National Association for Minorities in Communications, Women in Cable
& Telecommunications and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests
in Media will have another Kaitz grant coming their way.
This time around, NAMIC's grant is earmarked for its 'L. Patrick Mellon
Mentorship Program,' named after the late ESPN senior executive; WICT's
allotment will support a new study of women of color in cable; and the Emma
Bowen portion will help to expand its activities.
In the first round, NAMIC and WICT used the Kaitz grants to support their
'Executive Leadership Development Program' and 'WICT Forum,' respectively.
Grants also were directed at New California Media, for a cable outreach on
the availability of ethnic media for various projects, and the Southern
California Indian Center, for a training program among Native Americans in
content creation and production.
The foundation has awarded about $600,000 in grants so far. About $315,800
was distributed in the first round earlier this year. Additional grant proposals
are under review, and several will be set up in the coming months, Kaitz
Foundation president Art Torres disclosed in his dinner remarks.
More than 1,400 people attended the foundation's dinner Wednesday, raising
$1.4 million for future grants and diversity initiatives.