Fund for Environmental Journalism

Reporters may apply for support for reporting projects through SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism.

SEJ's Fund for Environmental Journalism accepts applications for grants of up to $3,500 to help underwrite environmental reporting projects and entrepreneurial ventures. The application deadline for the Winter 2014-2015 cycle was November 15th.  Contact Jeanne Scanlon with questions.

Please give to the
Fund for Environmental Journalism

If you would like to help experienced environmental journalists produce rich and rigorously investigated work, please make a gift on SEJ's secure website.




Any qualified journalist working independently or on the staff of either a for-profit or non-profit news organization worldwide is eligible to apply for a grant. SEJ membership is not required, but all applicants must meet eligibility requirements for SEJ membership. (Please note: disqualifiers include paid employment in public relations, media relations or lobbying on environment-related issues. If you're not sure, please review SEJ's membership eligibility requirements.)

In addition, individuals are limited to one award from the FEJ within any 12-month period. And there is a one-year blackout period following SEJ board service or staff/contractor (employed more than 10 hrs per month for one month or more) affiliation.


Examples of eligible expenses include project-related travel; document-access fees; costs related to environmental testing, fact-checking, translation or website development; and other costs required for success of the reporting project or entrepreneurial venture. FEJ does not underwrite personnel time of the applicant but will consider requests for funding to pay for professional services of project-related consultants, such as graphic designers, website developers, or legal services. Purchase of equipment will not be considered for funding. Funds may not be used to reimburse expenses on a project; only expenses projected to be incurred after receipt of a grant will be considered.


Summer Cycle: July 15; winners announced mid-September
Winter Cycle: November 15; winners announced mid-January


SEJ Members: Fee waived
Non-members: $40
(If you apply and are approved for SEJ membership during the grant application review period, you may apply the fee to first-year membership which is also $40. Please note that this is a completely separate application from the grant application.)




Click to see past grantees and links to completed work:

2014: Summer

2013: Summer; Winter

2012: Summer; Winter

2011: Summer; Winter

2010: Summer; Winter


Thanks to current generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism:

Isabel Abrams | Tina Adler | Frank Allen | Roger Archibald | Michael Ardito | Emilia Askari | Roberta Attanasio | Elizabeth Batt | Nancy Bazilchuk | Hal Bernton | Allen Best | Winifred Bird | Kari Birdseye | Madeline Bodin | Jane Braxton Little | Murray Carpenter | Mary Chaffee | Rachel Clark | Jon Cooksey | Hilary Corrigan | Joyce Cutler | Beth Daley | John Daley | Anthony Davis | Elizabeth Devitt | Emily Dooley | Daniel Ferber | Barbara Fraser | Reid Frazier | Sharon Friedman | David Funkhouser | Nancy Gaarder | Erica Gies | Rachael Gleason | Daniel Glick | Polita Glynn | Benjamin Goldfarb | Gloria Gonzalez | Harold Gordner | Ann Graham | Gary Grigsby | Michael Grunwald | Roberto Guerra | Sharon Guynup | Barbara Haig | Michael Hans | Steve Hansen | Greg Harman | Thomas Hayden | Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe | Stephen & Miriam Helfgott | Joy Horowitz | Hyrum Huskey | Antonio Iallonardo | Anthony Ingraffea | Bennie Ivory | Ian James | Susan Jewell | Michael Kodas | Lindsey Konkel | Henry B. Lacey | Leia Larsen | David Lawrence | Stuart Leavenworth | Judith Lewis Mernit | Randy Loftis | Cindy MacDonald | Mark MacIntyre | Richard Mauer | Barbara Maynard | Patricia McKnight | John Messeder | Olivier Milhomme | Maureen Mitra | Susan Moran | Bernardo Motta | Katherine Murray | Kristin Ohlson | Jennifer Oladipo | Sharon Oosthoek | Judy Ostrow | Patrick Parenteau | Greg Pasztor | Christiana Peppard | Alison Perkins | Bruce Potter | Jerry Redfern | Nancy Reist | Cristine Russell | John Ryan | Molly Samuel | Jeanne Scanlon | Raisa Scriabine | Ron Seely | Susan Sharon | Kate Sheppard | Kelly Slivka | Ron Steffens | Jeffrey Stoub | Dawn Stover | Muriel Strand | Meera Subramanian | Mac Sutherlin | Sheryl Swingley | Judith Sylvester | Sarah Terry-Cobo | Jonathan Thompson | Bijal Trivedi | Tomasz Ulanowski | Lee van der Voo | Chelsea Wald | Sarah Webb | Christopher Weber | Amy Westervelt Girvan | Matthew Wheeland | Clint Wilder | David Williams | Florence Williams | Gary Wilson
and The Grantham Foundation


The purpose of the FEJ is to provide incentives and support to qualified journalists and news organizations to enhance the quantity and quality of environmental journalism. Read about the origin of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.


Please make your gift here.