Grant Up to $10,000 for Journalists' Projects from the Fund for Investigative Journalism

Date limite : 03 févr. 2020

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Grant Up to $10,000 for Journalists' Projects from the Fund for Investigative Journalism

Fund for Investigative Journalism opened the application for journalists to submit their investigative projects for a grant up to $10,000. The Board of Directors looks for: stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.

The definition of “investigative” is uncovering wrongdoing by powerful people and/or institutions.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Before you apply, be sure to obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor who can pledge in writing that the news outlet will publish or air the specific story you propose – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards. This letter should not be thought of as an unqualified pledge. If the work is not satisfactory, the news outlet cannot be expected to publish it. FIJ needs this commitment before it makes a grant because it doesn’t have the capacity to help reporters place stories. The letter must be written on a letterhead that includes contact information for the news outlet and the individual signing it.
  2. If you are a book author applying for a grant, a signed book contract from a publisher serves as the commitment.
  3. The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.
  4. To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong US angle, involving American citizens, government or business. All stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.
  5. The summary shouldn’t exceed 100 words; the proposal shouldn’t exceed 1,000 words.

The grant covers:

  1. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends, as part of the budget.
  2. FIJ now offers a competitive opportunity to be matched with a mentor.

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