IJ4EU: Funding Cross-Border Investigative Reporting in Europe

Deadline: 3 May 2018

IJ4EU is inviting applications for its grant program to support investigations that reflect the media’s watchdog role and that assist the public in holding those in power accountable for their actions and to their obligations.

IJ4EU grants are intended to foster and strengthen collaboration among European Union-based journalists and newsrooms on revelations in the public interest and of cross-border significance.

The grants are administered by the International Press Institute (IPI), based in Vienna. Founded in 1950, IPI is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives dedicated to furthering and safeguarding press freedom, promoting the free flow of news and information, and improving the practices of journalism.

Priority Areas

  • Projects on the following broad themes will have priority:
    • Corruption, illicit enrichment and financial crime
    • Security, democracy and human rights
    • Environment and climate change
  • Proposals on other topics will be considered.
  • Projects must examine an issue that is of relevance to the public in at least two member states or to the wider EU public sphere. While the fund aims to support investigative journalism across the EU, it will give special consideration to projects in two areas:
    • Investigations involving news organizations based outside of the capitals or largest cities of EU member states
    • Investigations in countries where investigative journalism is under pressure, including financial and political pressure

Funding Information

The full project budget must be at least €5,000 and may not exceed €50,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications must be sent by teams of at least two media outlets and/or journalists and based in at least two EU member states on a topic of cross-border relevance.
  • The proposed project must aim to reveal new information. Applications must justify the relevance of the investigation for the public in the target countries or for the broader European public sphere. Investigative teams already in existence or formed for an #IJ4EU project are equally welcome to apply. Ongoing but incomplete investigations are eligible to apply for funds to complete a publishable story.
  • The programme will consider funding all platforms, including print, broadcast, online media, documentary filmmaking and multi-platform story-telling.
  • To be eligible for funding, proposed projects must aim to be published (and available in publishable form) by respected news outlets or platforms in at least two EU countries no later than December 31, 2018. Projects may initially be published behind a paywall, but must be made available outside of the paywall after a month.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit IJ4EU.

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