Deadline: 23 July 2014
Open to: journalists and relevant media outlets that target audiences in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom
Grant: minimum amount of €8,000, with the average grant amount being €20,000
The Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (IDR) is a media-funding project operated by the European Journalism Centre with financial support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The main aim behind implementing the grant programme is to better enable quality journalism to come up with original, captivating, and well-researched stories on global development topics analysing background, causes and effects, as well as North-South structural relationships. Innovative reporting projects will be awarded considerable funding, with an aim to support journalists, editors, and development stakeholders to perform thorough research and to develop new, exciting, and even experimental reporting, employing state of the art presentation methods and techniques of journalistic storytelling.
The grants are open to journalists and relevant media outlets that target audiences in one or more of the following countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Media published in any of the official languages of the admissible countries may submit an application.
Other journalists, freelancers and media outlets will be considered if they apply as cooperation partners of eligible media outlets.
IDR is looking to support projects of great impact and high visibility, so applicants must apply for a minimum grant of €8,000. For your reference, they expect the average grant given to be about €20,000. A maximum of 25 to 30 grants will be made available in 2014 .
Full grants may cover direct expenses for journalistic research and study trips, including travel and accommodation, possible technical costs for equipment or crew, information procurement costs, graphics design and visualisation, adaptation of software, and other justified costs incurred directly for the implementation of the project.
The deadline to submit your story picth is 23rd July 2014 (22:00 CET).
Only online application forms that are written in English, or in any of the official languages of the eight eligible countries, will be processed. Once your application has been received, you will get an email confirmation. Programme staff may contact you via telephone or email should they require more information about your pitch.