Grants for Supporting Investigative Reporting Projects

Deadline: 8 September, 2014 (5 PM Eastern Time)
Open to: international journalists
Grant:  5000 US $


The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three to four times each year to consider grant applications for investigative projects and books. The fund intends to support investigative journalism stories around the world. In partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, the successful grantees will be available to also request a mentor. Mentor will be in the position to act as sounding boards and work with the grantees over the length of their projects. This is in alignment of the Fund’s program to support independent journalists.


The Fund accepts applications for projects on domestic (USA) and international issues. All entries must be written in English. 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, respectively.

Journalists internationally can apply for the grant; as long as they provide a letter from an executive of a media outlet, committing to run the story – as long as it fulfills the proposal and meets the outlet’s journalistic standards.


The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media. Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund does not cover grantees’ salaries or equipment. The first half of the grant is given once an application is approved and the second half is paid when the project is complete.


The Fund for Investigative Journalism accepts online applications, using the form available to the right HERE.

Further details on what you should provide and upload within your application form are available over the left side of the webpage here. Before uploading any of the application materials, name each attachment with the following headings: Proposal, Budget, Resume, Writing Sample-1, Writing Sample-2, Letter-of-Commitment.

All proposals must be in English and must contain a detailed budget. Please read the detailed instructions carefully and make sure you spot on the  requirements for every section of your application.

If you have any trouble using the online form, send a message to the following e-mail: The deadline for submitting your application is 8 September, 2014 – 5 PM Eastern Time.

For further information, please visit the official website.

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