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Need money for travel and other reporting expenses? The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has grants averaging $5,000 for independent journalists who are investigating issues in the United States, especially those relating to governmental accountability, the environment, and local or regional issues with national implications. Applications from ethnic media are strongly encouraged. Applications for international projects are currently closed. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. EST, November 1.
The Fund for Investigative Journalism accepts online applications, using the form above. If this presents a hardship, please contact us by mail, phone, or email to request an exception. Large attachments, 10Mb or greater, may not go through; contact us by email if you need to send a large file.
Investigations involving government accountability, environmental issues, or local issues with national implications are encouraged. Watchdog reporting for ethnic media is also encouraged.
All applicants will be notified of decisions about six weeks after the application deadline.
The applicant must write a proposal letter outlining the story, what he or she expects to prove, how this will be done, and the types of sources for the proof. Include the anticipated completion date. Project lengths typically range from a few months to one year. If more time is needed, please explain that in the proposal. For books, include the anticipated publication date.
If the proposed topic of the investigation has been covered previously, explain in the proposal what has already been done, and how the proposed investigation would break new ground or significantly advance the story.
The letter must be supported by a resume, a detailed budget to justify the size of the requested grant, two writing samples or one sample book chapter, and a signed letter of commitment from a news executive for the intended news outlet. The letter of commitment must be presented on the news outlet’s letterhead and state its intent to publish or broadcast the investigative report as proposed, as long as the finished work meets the news organization’s standards.
A letter of commitment is required for all applicants and is a non-negotiable requirement. In the case of individuals seeking grants for books, a signed copy of a contract with a publisher is required and should be substituted for the commitment letter. Applications submitted without a letter of commitment or a book contract are ineligible for grant awards.
Prospective applicants with questions about the grant-making process are encouraged to call or email Sandy Bergo at 202-391-0206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.