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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.

November 15, 2017 (midnight local time) was the last deadline for story grant proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism. FEJ grants will provide up to $5,000 to underwrite stipend for freelancers and budget lines for direct expenses like travel, multimedia production, translation, data sets or document costs. Staffers are also eligible for awards of direct expenses.

Grants were awarded in January 2018 to underwrite coverage projects in three categories:

  1. Open Topic: Environmental Issues
    Made possible by unrestricted gifts and grants to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism.
  2. Marine and coastal issues of the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans
    Made possible by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
  3. Environmental issues of the Amazon and Andes
    Made possible by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Winning projects are selected by an independent jury of editors. Preference will be given to projects that include an element of international partnership: journalists and news organizations in different countries working together to report an important story and expand its reach.

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.

SEJ maintains a strict policy of confidentiality with regard to story ideas submitted through FEJ competitions.

NOTE: We cannot work with early proposal/early decision applications. Notices of awards and declined applications will go out as soon as possible in January. Agreements are co-signed (agreeing on how to describe project in announcement, about reports, other) and checks go out as soon as possible after that. Announcement waits until all grantees in the cycle have completed agreements; however, we don't hold up on the funding if there are delays.

See previous FEJ grantees.



Fund for Environmental Journalism story project grants 2011 – 2017 have been funded by the Burning River Foundation, Compton Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Energy Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Grantham Foundation for the Environment, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Cornelius King Foundation, Wyss Foundation and individual members and friends of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Read how the FEJ got started here.

Recent foundation grants have made it possible for SEJ to underwrite projects proposed by three news organizations:

  • For Reporting on Marine and Coastal issues of the Gulf of Mexico 2017 - 2019:
    The Times-Picayune | for expansion of its Coastal Desk.  This team has produced several hundred print, multimedia and online stories (see some examples below), including comprehensive features co-published with The New York Times.  More than 700,000 individual visitors have read Coastal Desk reports online. Tens of thousands more were reached through print editions and broadcast partnerships. The Walton Family Foundation is SEJ’s third-party underwriter for this project.
  • For Reporting on Western Lands:
    1. The Guardian | and co-publishing partners for “This Land is Your Land,” investigative reports on U.S. Public Lands and related issues including “privatization, energy extraction and climate change,” 2018 - 2019.
    2. High Country News |, general support for HCN in-depth reporting of public lands, western economies, wildlife, renewable energy, fossil fuel development, and other conservation and community issues, 2019 - 2021.

    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is SEJ’s third-party underwriter for these Western Land projects.


In 2017-18, | The Times-Picayune and The New York Times co-published "Our Drowning Coast," examining Louisiana's coastal loss and its human impact.


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NOVEMBER 15, 2017, midnight local time was the last APPLICATION DEADLINE for story grant proposals to SEJ’s Fund for Environmental Journalism

Guidelines and proposal instructions can be found here.


SEJ Members: Fee waived

Non-members: Fee will be $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 — also $40. Please note that this is a completely separate application from the grant application.)





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

Providers of Foundation Grants:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Energy Foundation, Grantham Foundation for Protection of the Environment, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and The Wyss Foundation

Your gift makes a difference!
Please support future rounds of competition by making a
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