- Eligibility: While most applicants are freelancers, all journalists can apply for grants. The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color. The Fund provides grants for print and online articles, television and radio stories, documentaries, podcasts and books. 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. Applications must include a brief summary (100 words or less), proposal (1,000 words or less), budget, resume, clips, references and letter of commitment from a media outlet to publish the story.
- Funding amount: The maximum grant is $10,000. 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.
- Type of funding: Programmatic
- Target countries: To be considered, foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters and it must have a strong US angle involving American citizens, government or business.
- Application languages: English
The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) was founded in 1969 by the late Philip M. Stern, a public-spirited philanthropist who devoted his life “to balancing the scales of justice,” in the words of a friend. Stern was convinced small amounts of money invested in the work of determined journalists would yield enormous results in the fight against racism, poverty, corporate greed and governmental corruption.
FIJ is seeking applications for its Grant Program to support journalists for investigative stories that break new ground – which means they uncover wrongdoing in the public and private sectors and reveal information that was previously unknown or hidden.
Read more about the project here.