DEADLINE: Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) Grants

Event Date: 
September 7, 2022

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.

View a short video with proposal tips from a past grantee and a member of the Fund’s board.

2022 deadlines for regular grants: Jan 31; May 9; Sep 7

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 Sep 7, 2022.
  • 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.

NEW June 7, 2022! The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that it is launching the Daniel S. Greenberg Fund for Politics of Science Investigations to support journalists covering the field of science critically. The new fund in his honor at the Fund for Investigative Journalism will be used to support grants to journalists for investigative stories that rigorously examine the field of science, hold scientists and researchers accountable, and uncover political and corporate influences on scientific funding and research priorities. These grants will be made during the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s existing grant cycles, using the same criteria, application and review process as all of the Fund’s regular grants. Details on grant cycles, eligibility and the application process are here.

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