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Money Trail Grants for Investigative Journalism

Key Information
  • Eligibility: Intercontinental journalist teams from Africa, Asia and Europe and regional cross-border collaborations in Africa and Asia. Exceptional proposals from individual journalists in Africa and Asia whose story includes an offshore element in a national story – where the money trail leads to a tax haven – can be accepted. European journalists planning on applying must collaborate with an African or Asian journalist. Foreign correspondents in Africa or Asia must collaborate with local journalists. In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published.
  • Funding amount: Total of €50,000 for the whole application round.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic – Journalismfund.eu supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. A grant can cover two types of costs: 1. Working expenses: these can include travel, accommodation, translation, access to pay-databases, etc. Fixed costs such as office costs, food and beverages, investments such as cameras or computers or production costs are not supported. 2. Research time (only for freelance journalists).
  • Target countries/regions: Africa, Asia, and Europe.
  • Process/award timelines: The application deadline is 14 September 2020, 4.00 p.m. CEST. After the application deadline, Journalismfund.eu checks that formalities are in order and may call for more information from applicants. This usually takes one week. After this, the applications go to the jury who makes the final decision. Applicants are usually informed around 30 days after the deadline. Grants are paid in two instalments: the first (2/3) upon signature of the Agreement, the second (1/3) upon the completion of the project and finalisation of the administration.
  • Application languages: English

Read more about the project here. To see a preview of the application form, you can download it here. Full information about Money Trail can be found here.


Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organisations – Journalismfund.euFinance UncoveredFree Press Unlimited – and Oxfam Novib.

In Money Trail, Journalismfund.eu, with help from Demokonto für Trading, offers working grants for (teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse money laundering and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by Journalismfund.eu, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

The primary goal of this grant is to expose illicit finance, tax abuse, corruption and money laundering. 

In order to be eligible for application, the journalists have to ensure that their story will be published. Therefore, during the application procedure, they will be asked to upload commitment of publication from relevant media organisations.

Deadline: Ongoing

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