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Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Grant

Grants to USA Journalists for Expenses
Associated with Investigative Reporting

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Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ)

Deadline Date:

05/13/19 11:59 PM ET; 8:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA journalists to cover costs incurred while investigating and writing groundbreaking stories. Funding is intended to cover expenses such as equipment rental, document collection, and travel. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends.

The FIJ Board of Directors looks for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing, such as corruption, malfeasance, or abuse of power in the public and private sectors.

FIJ encourages proposals written for ethnic media as well as those submitted by journalists of color.

Mentors: FIJ now offers a competitive opportunity to be matched with a mentor. FIJ operates this program in partnership with Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, with seed funding from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178022

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants average $5,000 but can be as high as $10,000.

Term of Contract:

It is FIJ policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal and within the agreed deadline (generally one year after the grant is issued).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

FIJ grants are intended to fund American reporters and American investigative reporting.

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

The applicant's estimated budget must itemize expenses of reporting such as travel, document fees, equipment rentals, and small stipends in a specific manner. Vague line items may be denied. Other sources of funding must be identified. When applying for a book grant, details should be provided as to resources available from the publisher, with an explanation of why a grant is needed.

Pre-Application Information:

The Fund for Investigative Journalism’s Board of Directors meets three times each year to consider grant applications. The next deadline is Monday, May 13, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time. That means the deadline for the U.S. West Coast is 8:59 p.m.

Before applying, applicants must obtain a “Letter of Commitment” from a news editor who can pledge in writing that the news outlet will publish or air the specific story proposed – as long as it meets the publication’s expectations and standards. This letter should not be thought of as an unqualified pledge. If the work is not satisfactory, the news outlet cannot be expected to publish it. FIJ needs this commitment before it makes a grant because it does not have the capacity to help reporters place stories. The letter must be written on letterhead that includes contact information for the news outlet and the individual signing it.

In addition to the letter of commitment, applications must include a proposal, resume, work samples and a budget.

Approximately six weeks after the application deadline has passed, applicants will be notified by email of the board’s decision.

Application information:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For information and the online application:

For questions about the application process and requirements, contact:

Sandy Bergo
Executive Director

The Fund for Investigative Journalism
529 14th Street NW
13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

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