Quail Ridge Dairy owner Mary Kraft gives Colorado Sun reporter Jennifer Brown a tour of the dairy on June 17, 2021. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

The Colorado Sun this week was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Facebook Journalism Project to help support its initiatives to reach readers statewide.

The funds are part of $700,000 in grants Facebook is giving to 32 alumni of its global Accelerator program to bolster continuing digital transformation nationwide. Last year, The Sun was awarded a $100,000 grant as part of the program.

The latest grant will help The Sun connect with readers in many Colorado communities and highlight hyperlocal coverage across the state.  

“Since our founding three years ago, The Colorado Sun has always sought to cover our entire state, far beyond the Denver metro area,” Sun editor and co-founder Larry Ryckman said. “There are so many important stories that deserve to be told — and readers who deserve to be served — and we stay on the move to get out and tell those stories in meaningful ways.”

The Colorado Sun is a locally owned, non-partisan public benefit corporation that is largely supported by its members and sponsors. First launched in September 2018, The Sun now has more than 160,000 newsletter subscribers, nearly 14,000 paying members and a staff of 20.

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