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Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism in Belgium

Organisation: Journalismfund Europe

Status: Open

  • Grant
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: €70,000

Deadline: 22/08/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria                                                                                                                                            – Both beginners and experienced journalist can submit a project that cannot be realised through the normal channels of journalism, that has major news value and depth and that is also original, innovative and time-consuming.
    – The applicant must be a journalist (written or audio-visual press), or be able to prove that he/she is aspiring to a career in journalism. Personal references and/or references to earlier work are essential in that respect.
    – Only natural persons can apply for a grant.
    – Projects with regard to investigative and special journalism must deal with topics that are relevant for Flanders.
    – The project must be published in a Dutch-language medium in Belgium. A letter of intent for publication from at least one professional news outlet is required for journalists with more than 2 years of experience. For starters this is considered a plus.
    – All journalistic end products qualify for a grant: newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television documentaries and series, photo-reportages and books, podcasts and journalistic non-fiction books.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: Belgium
  • Application Language: English

The Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism is Journalismfund Europe’s grant programme to promote investigative journalism in the Dutch-language media in Belgium.

The programme awards grants to distinctive journalistic projects. The grant gives experienced as well as young journalists the chance to execute their investigative ideas and by doing so, contribute to quality investigative journalism in Flanders.

Grant Types
  • Investigative Journalism: A working grant for investigative journalism allows the applicant to concentrate on one particular topic for a longer period of time.
  • In-Depth Journalism: The projects must go beyond regular reporting, daily journalism or correspondence. The subject or theme must be special, or else the approach or angle.
  • Preliminary Research: When it is not clear whether the inquiries will yield the expected results, it is possible to apply for a grant to cover the expenses of the preliminary research.
Funding Information

In 2024, there will be €280,000 to distribute over four application rounds, which means approx. €70,000 per round. The programme is subsidised by the Flemish government. The deadline for this round of applications is 22 August, 2024.

See here to learn more and apply.

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