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Diversity Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Journalists
for Eligible Types of Reporting

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Funding Source:

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Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ)

Deadline Date:

11/20/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 and in-kind support to USA journalists for stories that uncover wrongdoing or reveal previously unknown information. Stories may address any topic. Eligible genres include online and print articles, radio and television stories, podcasts, documentaries, and books. The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. Proposals must be for investigating reporting. In addition to grants, the Fund for Investigative Journalism will provide recipients with one-year memberships in two national investigative journalism organizations that provide training and networking.

Following are the criteria for grants:

  • Grants are for investigative stories – those that break new ground and uncover wrongdoing, injustice or malfeasance in the public or private sector
  • Grants are for U.S.-based freelance reporters or stories with strong U.S. angles. All stories must run in U.S. media outlets, in English.
  • Applicants must have a commitment from a media outlet to publish the story.

To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters, have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government or business, and must be published in English, in a media outlet in the United States.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192957

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.

In addition to grants, the Fund for Investigative Journalism will provide recipients with one-year memberships in Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the Ida B. Wells Society, two national investigative journalism organizations that provide training and networking. The grantees will also be able to request editorial mentorship from seasoned reporters who work with the Fund and legal assistance through the Fund’s partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

While most applicants are freelancers, all journalists can apply for grants.

Grants will not cover expenses such as office space rental, office supplies and equipment purchase.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for proposals is November 20, 2020, and grants will be awarded before the end of the year.

The first half of the grants will be paid in December, and the second half will be paid when stories are published or aired.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://investigate.submittable.com/submit/e2191c17-e9be-428f-abe7-4289aad6f2a7/2020-fij-diversity-grant

Journalists who have questions or need assistance in the application process can email grants@fij.org for a response within one business day.

For more information, please contact:
Eric Ferrero, Executive Director
Fund for Investigative Journalism
eferrero@fij.org or 646-342-9310

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