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Call for Proposals for Investigative Journalism Grants

  • Eligibility:
    • Freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets are eligible for grants
    • Their investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.
  • Funding amount: Up to $10,000
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Global
  • Application languages: English


The Fund for Investigative Journalism provides grants and other support for reporters to produce high-quality, unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories that have an impact.

The Fund offers grantees the opportunity to be matched with a seasoned investigative reporter to serve as a mentor. The Scripps Howard Foundation supports our mentoring program. As part of the application form, we ask that you explain how a mentor can help you and whether you can commit to keep your mentor informed of your progress. Mentors act as a sounding board and work with grantees for the duration of the project.


Types of grants:

  • Regular grants: We review proposals three to four times a year for grants up to $10,000. The next deadline is May 10, 2021. Applicants will receive a decision in mid-June.


  • Expedited grants: In rare cases, we provide expedited review for proposals that are extremely urgent and cannot wait for the regular review cycle. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants receive a decision within about two weeks.


  • Follow-up grants: We accept proposals for timely follow-up coverage to original investigations that were produced with grants from the Fund. Grantees can apply for expedited review for follow-up grants up to $2,500.


Learn more and apply

Status: Open

  • Grant

Funding Size: N/A

Deadline: Ongoing


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