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 welcomes applications for grants of up to $5,000 to help underwrite story projects. Applications will be accepted starting May 15 for the Summer 2015 cycle's July 15th deadline. The application deadline for the Winter 2015-2016 cycle is November 15th. Contact Jeanne Scanlon with questions.

 

 

 

 

 

SEJ celebrates past FEJ grantees. Visit links to completed work and consider making a gift on our secure website:

2014: Summer; Winter

2013: Summer; Winter

2012: Summer; Winter

2011: Summer; Winter

2010: Summer; Winter

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS:

NOTE: WATCH FOR NEW 2015 GUIDELINES TO BE POSTED HERE IN MAY FOR THE JULY 15th DEADLINE. WATCH FOR UPDATED GRANT APPLICATION FORMS AND ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS.

WHO MAY APPLY FOR A JOURNALISM PROJECT GRANT IN 2015 SUMMER and WINTER CYCLES?

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 from the Fund for Environmental Journalism in Summer 2015 and Winter 2016 cycles.  SEJ membership is not required, but all applicants must meet eligibility requirements for SEJ membership. (Please note: SEJ membership 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.)

Individual applicants are limited to one award from the FEJ within any 12-month period. There is a one-year blackout period following SEJ board service or significant staff/contractor relationship with SEJ, defined as more than 10 hours per month for one month or more of paid services rendered to SEJ.

HOW ARE THE FUNDS TO BE USED?

Examples of eligible expenses include travel costs; document-access fees; costs related to environmental testing, fact-checking, translation or website development required for success of the reporting project.  For Summer 2015  and Winter 2015 – 2016 rounds of competition, budgets proposed for support may include compensation for independent freelance journalists as well as fees for professional services of project-related consultants, such as graphic designers, website developers, or legal services. 

Examples of project expenses not eligible for funding include equipment purchase or maintenance and indirect expense such as office rent or utilities. Funds may not be used to reimburse past expenses on a project; only expenses that will be incurred after receipt of a grant will be considered.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

Applicants are encouraged to apply for minimum budget required for success of the project. Partial funding may be offered. Documentation of budget versus actual expenses will be required with final reports. Unless permission for repurposing of line items is approved, funds granted must be spent as proposed or returned to SEJ for future use of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Summer Cycle: July 15; applications are accepted starting May 15 and winners are announced mid-September

Winter Cycle: November 15; applications are accepted starting September 1st and winners are announced mid-January

APPLICATION FEE

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.)

 

Thanks to current generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism

    Foundation support 2015: Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment, The Wyss Foundation

Isabel Abrams | Tina Adler | Frank Allen | Roger Archibald | Michael Ardito | Emilia Askari | Debra Atlas | Roberta Attanasio | Elizabeth Batt | Nancy Bazilchuk | Hal Bernton | Allen Best | Winifred Bird | Kari Birdseye | Madeline Bodin | Erika Bolstad | Jane Braxton Little | Murray Carpenter | Mary Chaffee | Rachel Clark | Jon Cooksey | Hilary Corrigan | Joyce Cutler | Beth Daley | John Daley | Rebecca Daugherty | 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 | Anne Rosenthal | 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
 

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.

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