GRID-Arendal Accepting Entries for Investigative Journalism on Environmental Crime 2022 Project

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Peter Harry
Managing Director, GRID-Arendal

 GRID-Arendal is accepting entries from journalists around the world for its investigative journalism projects focused on environmental crime in developing countries.

Due to the success of the previous grants, GRID-Arendal, a non-profit environmental foundation based in Norway and supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, among other donors, is raising the number of grants offered to six, each representing 20,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately €2,000).

The Foundation is partnering with UN Environment Programme and collaborating with other partners on projects that protect the environment, restore ecosystems, and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with an emphasis on supporting developing countries by creating environmental knowledge to encourage positive change.

The grant is to fund in-depth investigative journalism work that breaks new ground and reveals new information about environmental crimes that take place within or across developing countries. The programme is looking for high-impact reporting, especially on issues that are neglected by mainstream media.

Entries are invited for projects on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, audio, video, and multimedia projects. Proposals for data journalism, data visualization, and open-source intelligence (OSINT) journalism.

All projects must be written in English (or translated to English if published in a different language), however, the programme encourages submissions from journalists working in a variety of languages.

In case of projects that involve travel to indigenous, isolated, or vulnerable communities, the Foundation will require an approach to preserving the safety of those communities.

The deadline for finishing a project will be six months from the signing of a grant agreement. It is expected that funded projects acknowledge the grant support from GRID-Arendal.

Interested applicants must be professional journalists, either a staff member at a media organization or a freelancer with a record of publishing work in respected media organizations. He/she must have experience in investigative journalism.

For consideration, applicants must complete an application form which can be found on the activity page for investigative journalism grants found here; submit Résumé/CV, estimate project budget and explain what grant money would pay for.

Applications are due on November 30, 2021, and grant will be awarded to winners in December 2021.