November 15, 2018 (midnight local time) was the application deadline for FEJ grants up to $5,000 for journalism projects covering U.S. drinking water or stormwater issues. Made possible by a grant from Spring Point Partners.
Calling all donors:
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.
Please read: FEJ Proposal Guidelines and Application Form
ELIGIBILITY and APPLICATION FEES
SEJ Members: Fee waived
Non-Members: Fee is $40.
You don’t have to be a member of SEJ to apply, but you do need to be a professional journalist who would qualify for SEJ membership. See policy.
To enter as a member, complete the SEJ membership application BEFORE you apply for the grant. Only logged-in members can access the $0 application fee.
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 – 2018 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.
The Society of Environmental Journalists is grateful to all generous supporters of the Fund for Environmental Journalism.
Recent foundation grants have made it possible for SEJ to underwrite projects proposed by news organizations, including The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com, The Guardian and High Country News.
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
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