Fund for Environmental Journalism

SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it.


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Grants up to $5,000 are offered once or twice yearly for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation and more.

  • FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
  • Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of journalists based on newsworthiness, topical relevance, publication plan and track record of the applicant, among other factors.

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November 18, 2019 (11:59 p.m. local time) was the deadline for the Winter 2019 round. Grants up to $5,000 were offered for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation, and more. Story proposals that reflect diverse perspectives (including, but not limited to, gender, racial, ethnic and economic diversity) were encouraged.

The Winter 2019 competition was generously underwritten by The Wilderness Society, The Pew Charitable Trusts and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

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Only people who qualify for membership in SEJ are eligible to apply for Fund for Environmental Journalism grants, that is, you must be a journalist, professor or student who is not employed to do any public relations work on environmental issues. If your work includes public relations writing, concerning environmental issues, please don't continue.



If you are a member of SEJ, the application fee is waived. For nonmembers, the fee is $40. If you join SEJ before you apply for the fund, your membership's first-year dues are $40 and the application fee for the fund will be waived subsequent to your being accepted into the membership.

Apply here.

In addition, entry fees will be waived for members of diversity journalism associations (e.g., National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association, South Asian Journalists Association, Association of LGBTQ Journalists). If you are a member of such an association (and NOT a member of SEJ), please email for the coupon that will waive the FEJ application fee; please provide proof of your membership in the applicable journalism association.



Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors appointed by the Society of Environmental Journalists Board of Directors. SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.

  • Grantees retain full editorial control of FEJ-funded coverage.
  • Donors have no right of review and no influence on story plans made possible in part by their contributions.
  • Binding agreements between donors and the Society of Environmental Journalists and between SEJ and grantees of its Fund for Environmental Journalism reinforce this policy of editorial independence.

NOTE: We cannot work with early proposal/early decision applications. Notices of awards and declined applications will go out within 2 months of the proposal deadline. Grant agreements must be co-signed and IRS W-9 forms returned to SEJ before grants can be paid and public announcements made.




Fund for Environmental Journalism story project grants 2011 – 2019 have been funded by foundation grants and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists (see below). Read how the FEJ got started here.



The Society of Environmental Journalists is grateful to all generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.

Foundation grants have made it possible for SEJ to underwrite projects proposed by news organizations, including The Times-Picayune |, The Guardian and High Country News.

Providers of Foundation Grants:
Burning River Foundation | Compton Foundation | Cornell Douglas Foundation | Doris Duke Charitable Foundation | The Energy Foundation | Grantham Foundation for the Environment | The Heinz Endowments | The Hewlett Foundation | Cornelius King Foundation | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | The Nature Conservancy | The Pew Charitable Trusts | Spring Point Partners | The Wilderness Society | Wyss Foundation


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