The Fund for Investigative Journalism: Supporting US based Freelance Reporters and Stories

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Deadline: 26 September 2016

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that for the fourth year in a row, the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has donated $25,000 in order to support FIJ’s grant-making program for independent investigative reporters.

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The funds will support the work of freelance reporters whose investigations are published in US media outlets.

The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation’s journalism program supports press freedom around the world and seeks to improve the quality of journalism through grants to American journalism schools, investigative reporting projects, and online investigative news centers.

Funding Information

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  • The Fund encourages proposals written for ethnic media and submitted by journalists of color.
  • Grants average $5,000 and cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental.
  • The Fund also considers requests for small stipends.

Funding Criteria

  • It is Fund policy to pay the first half of approved grants to successful applicants, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal.
  • Second half grants are not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Fund is not currently making grants for foreign-based stories that do not have a US component.
  • To be considered, proposals must come from US-based reporters or stories must have a US angle, involving American citizens, government, or business.
  • All stories must be published in English – either by an English language publication or outlet, or by an outlet that has an affiliation with an English language site.

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit The Fund for Investigative Journalism.

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