The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is accepting application from journalists for grants to carryout investigative projects. The FIJ Board of Directors that considers applications for grants, looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors.The FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media. Its grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. It also considers requests for small stipends.The Fund accepts applications for projects on domestic and international issues and entries must be written in English.
It is FIJ’s policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants to begin the project, while the second half of the grant is paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal. Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism accepts online applications, using the form on its website: http://fij.org/grant-application/.
Before uploading and submitting application materials, applicants are advised to name each attachment with these headings: Proposal, Budget, Resume, Writing Sample-1, Writing Sample-2, Letter-of-Commitment.
The maximum combined size allowed for the six attachments is 10 MB. Prospective applicants who need to send attachments larger than 10MB are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org make other arrangements as their online applications will disappear if they try to upload files that exceed the website limit.
Deadline for submission of application is September 8, 2014.