DEADLINE: Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Grants

Event Date: 
January 30, 2023

The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) invites applications three or four times per year for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing – such as corruption, malfeasance, or misuse of power – in the public and private sectors. The Fund accepts applications for projects on domestic and international issues.

Grants of up to $10,000 cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection, and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends.

Open to freelance journalists, staff reporters and media outlets. Investigations can be for print, online or broadcast stories, books, documentaries or podcasts.

The Fund will hold a short webinar on how to apply for grants on Friday, January 13, at noon Eastern. Amy Pyle, a member of the Fund’s Board of Directors and USA TODAY’s National Investigations Editor, will discuss what the Board looks for in grant proposals, and the Fund’s Executive Director, Eric Ferrero, will provide information and tips on how to apply. Click here to register for the webinar.

2023 deadlines for regular grants: Jan 30; more TBA

Four types of grants are available:

  • Regular grants: We review proposals three to four times a year for grants up to $10,000. The next deadline is Jan 30, 2023.
  • Expedited grants: In rare cases, we provide expedited review for proposals that are extremely urgent and cannot wait for the regular review cycle. These proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants receive a decision within about two weeks.
  • Follow-up grants: We accept proposals for timely follow-up coverage to original investigations that were produced with grants from the Fund. Grantees can apply for expedited review for follow-up grants up to $2,500.
  • Emergency Grants: Threats to Democracy in the U.S.: These grants are for stories that break new ground and expose wrongdoing related to threats to democracy in the U.S. for up to $10,000. We will review proposals on a rolling basis. Grant decisions can be expected within 2-4 weeks of submission of application.

Learn more about how to request mentorship in the application process from a past grantee.

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