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IJ4EU Freelancer Support Scheme

Organisation: European Journalism Centre (EJC)

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression

Funding Size: Up to €20,000

Deadline: 23/02/2023

  • Eligibility criteria:
    – Must be based in at least two EU member states.
    – Must be based in at least one EU member state and at least one official EU candidate country (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine)
    – Third-country team members from further afield are welcome to take part, but they must be part of teams that fulfil the core geographical criteria described above
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Europe
  • Application language: English

IJ4EU’s Freelancer Support Scheme provides grants to cross-border teams made up entirely of freelancers who can benefit from an extra layer of tailored support.

The scheme managed by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) is designed to support journalists operating outside of newsroom structures who may be underserved by other journalism support schemes. These include journalists who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis or other pressures, including the war in Ukraine.

Investigations developed for all formats including print, broadcast, online media, documentary filmmaking, and multi-platform storytelling are eligible to receive support. IJ4EU is open to cross-border investigative projects on any topic. This includes but is not limited to financial crime, security, democracy and human rights, environment and climate change, and health.

Projects must aim to reveal new information that is of relevance to the public in at least two EU member states or at least one EU member state and one EU candidate country, or to the wider European public sphere.

The Freelancer Support Scheme will provide around €330,000 in grants in 2022/23, along with specialist training, mentoring, and networking opportunities.

See here to learn more and apply.

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