Journalismfund.eu is currently accepting applications for the European Cross-Border Grant Programme to address the shortage of independent journalism by providing grants to investigative journalism projects in Europe and encouraging cross-border collaboration.
This awarded grant programme supports since 2009 professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics. The stories must be relevant to European target groups.
Cross-border teams of professional journalists can apply for a grant to cover working time and/or expenses for their investigation. Next to a grant, teams can also apply for a mentor to provide assistance with either the focus of the investigation or the need for competences in a specific skill.
- In 2023 there is a total grant budget of €200.000 to distribute over four application rounds.
- For the period 2021-2024, the programme is supported by nine foundations:
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation
- Open Society Foundations
- Adessium Foundation
- Limelight Foundation
- Vereniging Veronica
- Fritt Ord
- Fondation Puech
- Cross-border teams of at least two journalists can submit an investigation proposal. These are projects that have great news value and depth, and at the same time are original, innovative and time-consuming, and would not be realised without financial support.
- This grant programme is open to journalists living in continental Europe domiciled in at least two different countries. When relevant for the story, team members from outside Europe can be accepted, too.
- The applicants must be professional journalists (written or audio-visual press). Personal references and/or references to earlier work are essential in that respect. Students are not eligible.
- Only natural persons can apply for a grant.
- The project must be published by at least two professional news outlets in at least two different countries. Letters of intent for publication from at least two professional news outlets are required.
- Investigative journalism published by professional media in any form is eligible, no matter whether print, online, broadcast or cross-media. All journalistic end products qualify for a grant: newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television documentaries and series, photo-reportages and books, podcasts and journalistic non-fiction books.
- Journalists who were previously allocated a grant by Journalismfund Europe can reapply. The jury will include the result of previous grants in their evaluation of the new application.
For more information, visit Journalismfund.eu.