Fund for Investigative Journalism Invites Entries for Grants on Investigative Stories

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Eric Ferrero
Executive Director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is inviting entries for it grants that provide support to freelance journalists, staff reporters, and media outlets to produce unbiased, nonpartisan investigative stories. The grants can be used for print, online, or broadcast stories, books, documentaries, or podcasts.

Four types of grants available: Regular grants, Expedited grants, Follow-up grants, and Emergency Grants.

Regular grants are reviewed three to four times a year for up to $10,000, with the next deadline being May 1, 2023. Expedited grants are for urgent proposals and are reviewed on a rolling basis with a decision given within two weeks. Follow-up grants of up to $2,500 are available for timely coverage of original investigations, while Emergency Grants of up to $10,000 are for stories that expose wrongdoing related to threats to democracy in the U.S., while Diversity Fellowships are available to increase diversity in the field of investigative journalism.

Applicants must obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news outlet agreeing to publish or air the proposed story, and provide an itemized budget that includes expenses such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends. The Fund considers requests for small stipends as part of the budget.

The Board of Directors is interested in stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing, such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power in the public and private sectors. The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.

Foreign-based story proposals must come from US-based reporters or have a strong U.S. angle, involving American citizens, government, or business, and all stories must be published in English and have a media outlet in the United States.

The deadline for the submission of the application is May 31, 2023. For more information, please visit: grants@fij.org.