Fund for Environmental Journalism Announces Summer 2013 Grantees

Thanks to generous funding from the Grantham Foundation, and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ), we are pleased to announce grants totaling $15,380 to five journalism projects selected in SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism Summer 2013 grant cycle. In addition to the grant, SEJ will also provide mentoring support to any grantees requesting it.

SEJ launched the Fund for Environmental Journalism in 2010 to support reporting projects and entrepreneurial journalism ventures related to the environment. Since inception, small grants totaling more than $78,000 have been awarded to both staff and freelance journalists to cover costs of travel, document access, graphics and website development, translation and other budget items without which journalists might have been unable to produce and distribute specific, timely stories about important environmental issues.

Congratulations to the grantees in the Summer 2013 cycle:


Kiera Butler
Oakland, CA
$3,500 for fact-checking to complete a book on 4-H clubs and their role in shaping modern agriculture

  • Kiera Butler is a prolific freelance writer and senior editor at Mother Jones, where many of her articles are featured.


Karen Coates
Peralta, NM
$3,480 for travel to report on the environmental effects of agricultural change in Myanmar


Daniel Grossman and Maureen Nandini Mitra
Watertown, MA and Berkeley, CA
$3,500 for travel to investigate impacts of climate change in the Himalayas

Although the two have paired up for this reporting project, they have done many projects on their own, as seen in these examples:


Jaeah J. Lee
San Francisco, CA
$3,500 for travel, visas, translation & equipment rental for reporting on the spread of fracking to China


Talli San Nauman, Co-Director, Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness
Spearfish, SD
$1,400 for travel expenses supporting a U.S.-Mexico cross-border citizen-journalism initiative focused on sustainable development in the Gulf of California Region 




To learn more about the FEJ grants program, including applicant eligibility and submission guidelines, or to see information and links about past awards, please go to the Fund for Environmental Journalism web page. We are currently fundraising for the next FEJ round of grants. Please consider making your own donation today, to help SEJ build the Fund for Environmental Journalism and support new work! Many in this field are adapting to disruptions in their employment and new methods in media; yet they remain steadfast in their goal of providing our communities every day with vitally important information on environment-related issues.  If you would like to help experienced environmental journalists to continue producing rich, rigorously investigated and unbiased content, please make a gift on SEJ's secure website.