Howard G. Buffett Foundation supports  Women Journalists

Howard G. Buffett
Howard G. Buffett

A  US$4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation has been primed to  support projects, including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

The first phase  of the fund for women Journalists opened for online applications from January 23, 2018 and will end by  March 9, 2018 11:59 pm EST.

The fund promotes the work and advances the role of women in the news media across the globe and is conceived to be critical to transparency and a diversity of voices, because it dramatically expands its support of women journalists.

Funding rounds for applications usually opens in January (from January 23 to March 9, ) and June (from June 19 to August 7,) of each year while  applications take six to eight weeks to process. Interested applicants may apply concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

The fund, among other benefits, was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to expose under-reported but critical global issues, develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers, undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives, pursue training and leadership opportunities, launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so, among others.

A voting committee made up of distinguished International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Board Members, former IWMF grantees, senior practicing journalists and  Courage in Journalism Awardees will select grantees.

The Foundation will within approximately six to eight weeks after the deadline of each funding round notify applicants of the status of their application.

The Foundation will work with individual grant recipients to determine a completion timeline that best suits the project – most project timelines are expected to run for six months to one year and funds are distributed when the grant recipients are chosen.

Women journalists with journalism as their primary profession and  with three or more years of professional journalism experience  from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.

Teams of journalists may also apply. However, the submission must be from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50 per cent women.

Applicants must be prepared to provide the following information in English: Contact Information and Resume/Curriculum Vitae, brief description of the project or opportunity you are seeking funding for, a list of any other team members or applicants (if applicable), description of the purpose of the proposal and the issue/problem it is designed to address, estimated budget and time frame.

Additional Application Information can be found on