Fund for Environmental Journalism

A Land of Stories: Apply for SEJ's Story Grants on U.S. Public Lands


March 31, 2022 — The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on U.S. public lands (lands owned and/or managed by federal, state, local or tribal governments).

May 31, 2022 (11:59 p.m. ET) is the extended deadline for proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) for grants up to $5,000 for stipends and expenses such as travel, multimedia production, translation, and more. Story proposals that reflect diverse and inclusive perspectives (including, but not limited to, gender, racial, ethnic and economic diversity) are encouraged.

At SEJ's 31st annual conference in Houston, Texas, you can share ideas, gain feedback and tips to strengthen your proposal for this FEJ Spring Competition at the breakfast breakout session "Pitch Slam and FEJ Proposal Coaching: U.S. Public Lands" on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 a.m. CT. Note: This session will not be recorded. Attendance doesn't guarantee proposal acceptance.

The application portal is now open. Proposals must include a narrative, media dissemination plan, qualifications, letter of support from editor(s), and detailed budget. Entry fees will be waived for members of SEJ and members of affinity journalism associations (e.g., AAJA, MVJ, NABJ, NAHJ, NAJA, NLGJA, SAJA, Uproot Project). Non-members whose professional work meets SEJ's membership eligibility requirements may apply with $40 fee. Please review the complete guidelines before applying.

This competition is generously underwritten by The Wilderness Society and other foundation and individual donors to the Fund for Environmental Journalism.


FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form


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

  • 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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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.



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.



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

FEJ Grantees and Stories graphicFund for Environmental Journalism story project grants 2011-2021 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.


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:
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations  |  Bullitt Foundation  |  Burning River Foundation  |  Compton Foundation  |  Cornelius King Foundation  |  Cornell Douglas Foundation  |  Doris Duke Charitable Foundation  |  Energy Foundation  |  Environmental Defense Fund  |  Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation  |  Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment  |  The Heinz Endowments  |  Hewlett Foundation  |  The Nature Conservancy  |  The Pew Charitable Trusts  |  The Religion & Environment Story Project  |  Spring Point Partners  |  Walton Family Foundation  |  The Wilderness Society  |  Wyss Foundation



See also stories *about* FEJ grantees and their stories:
FEJ StoryLog graphic



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