Funding independent journalists

b!X over at Portland Communique is asking his readers for ideas related to funding his weblog. I think he provides a valuable service for Portland, and there should be a way for him to turn his hobby into a living. He's focusing on potential grants, and I have no idea if there's anything out there for him. I don't think Google Ads are the answer in his case, because he doesn't have a consumer-product oriented weblog. Paypal tips are an option, but I've found people aren't used to supporting the independent web this way yet. I think this an important question to find an answer to—not just for b!X, but also for the larger world of potential citizen journalists.