The Fund for Investigative Journalism

Supporting investigative reporting projects around the world

  • Next Application Deadline

    Monday September 21, 2015 - 5pm EDT
  • How FIJ Helped to Uncover the My Lai Massacre

    Seymour HershClick here to hear veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh tell how – with financial support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism – he learned about the massacre of civilians in Vietnam, how he tracked down Lt. William Calley and, in so doing, changed the world’s perception of American intervention in Southeast Asia. It demonstrates how small grants from our fund have enabled talented journalists to produce big, important stories, changing the course of history.

    FEMA Fails to Adapt to Climate Change

    August 20th, 2015

    FEMAnewbridge-336x224From Elizabeth Shogren for the New England Center for Investigative Reporting and Al Jazeera America: when it comes to disaster relief, FEMA leaves communities vulnerable to the greater disasters to come due to climate change. Its policies are rooted in the outdated assumption that the climate of tomorrow will resemble the climate of yesterday. For example, it routinely pays to replace old, failed structures, rather than upgrade them with stronger construction that can withstand rising sea levels and greater downpours.

    Vermont Public Radio invited Shogren as a guest to talk about her investigation.

    [Sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Elizabeth Shogren

    The Real Cost of Bank Trustees

    August 19th, 2015

    2202_NPQ Summer_cover-72dpi copyFrom Rick Cohen, reporting for Nonprofit Quarterly, an investigation of the conflict of interest involving bank trustees – who both serve on charitable foundation boards and charge the foundations large, sometimes excessive, fees to manage their investments, assets, and even operations.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]


    No Lawyers Allowed

    July 29th, 2015

    PrisonFrom Alisa Roth for Life of the Law: There are some places where defendants have no right to legal representation. Prison, for example.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Nancy Mullane

    Seeking Better Care for Texas Foster Kids

    July 24th, 2015

    Cortez-NeavelFrom Beth Cortez-Neavel for The Texas Observer, and the radio show Texas Standard, an investigation of the “highly dysfunctional” and severely underfunded mental health services that foster children are forced to rely upon in Texas.  Many who suffered childhood traumas receive inadequate treatment, with consequences that follow them through life.

    [Sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo credit: Beth Cortez-Neavel


    FIJ Grants Awarded

    July 21st, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) has awarded $79,000 in grants to journalists working on 19 projects in the United States and around the world. With FIJ grants, journalists investigate abuse of power in the public and private sectors. The financial support helps freelancers and reporters working for nonprofit news organizations cover the necessary costs of document retrieval, travel to develop and interview sources, and rental fees for equipment used for multi-media story-telling. A typical grant is $5,000. FIJ grants may also include small stipends.

    The following reporters and organizations have been awarded grants:

    David Armstrong of Georgia News Lab, a collaborative investigative reporting initiative

    Jeffrey Benzing, criminal justice reporter for PublicSource

    Eliza Griswold, author

    Roza Hovhannisyan, an investigative journalist in Armenia

    Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist working in East Africa and the Middle East

    Colleen Kimmett, a journalist based in Canada

    Adu Koranteng, a journalist based in Ghana

    David Krajicek, who writes about crime and justice

    Laura Krantz, a journalist based in Colorado

    Christian Locka, an investigative freelance reporter in Cameroon

    David Montero, an author who will examine health care in China

    Madeline Ostrander, Seattle–based environmental journalist

    Roman Romanovskiy, freelance journalist and analyst for Transparency International-Russia

    Joseph Sorrentino, freelance writer and photographer

    Michael Stoll, executive director and editor of the San Francisco Public Press

    Grants are awarded three to four times a year.

    The next deadline to apply for a grant is September 21, 2015.

    Police Dishonesty Overturning Convictions

    July 20th, 2015

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    From Nancy West, for VTDigger, the story of how convictions are being overturned nationwide – sometimes after decades of imprisonment – because prosecutors failed to tell defendants that police officers testifying against them had a history of dishonesty or excessive force buried in confidential personnel files. There’s no way to know how many convicts are unaware they were denied their constitutional right to all favorable, material evidence against them.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

    Photo: Sean Ellis is pictured with his attorneys at his bail hearing in Boston. A judge ordered a new trial for Ellis who spent 22 years in prison after being convicted of killing a Boston police detective. Courtesy of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University.


    Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation Grant Supports Investigative Reporting

    July 20th, 2015

    (Washington) – The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) is pleased to announce that the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation has renewed its support of FIJ’s grant-making program for a third year with a $30,000 donation.

    The Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation’s journalism program supports press freedom around the world and seeks to improve the quality of journalism through grants to American journalism schools and investigative reporting projects and websites. The Foundation also supports education, community arts, public health, and environmental projects.

    The grant made to FIJ will underwrite freelance reporters writing for American media outlets on both domestic and foreign issues.

    For more than forty years, FIJ has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but need resources to complete their projects.

    One of the Fund for Investigative Journalism’s board members, David Ottaway, also serves on the board of the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.

    Trade Deal Fails Haitian Workers

    July 16th, 2015

    dominican_republic_cane_burnFrom Amy Bracken for Al Jazeera America, part one of an investigation of the working conditions for Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Conditions were supposed to improve under a trade deal between the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and five Central American countries. But Bracken documents a harsh life for Haitians working on the sugar plantations including excessive hours and unsanitary living conditions.

    A plantation owner tells Bracken there is little or no enforcement of labor standards: “No, they are not interested in how we’re treating the Haitians.”

    In Part Two, Bracken explains the cozy relationship between U. S. government officials and America’s sugar barons.

    [Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]

    Gannett Foundation Renews Support of Investigative Journalism

    July 16th, 2015

    (Washington) The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce it has received $15,000 in support from the Gannett Foundation to help underwrite the Fund’s grant-making program.

    For the past five years, The Gannett Foundation has provided support for investigative reporters working with grants from the Fund. Those reporters have exposed wrongdoing and abuse of power in the United States, including stories of the callous treatment of new mothers in prison, the psychological damage caused by solitary confinement, the prevalence of returning women soldiers afflicted by PTSD, and traffic stops that target Hispanic motorists.

    The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation supported by the Gannett Co., Inc., owner of USA TODAY.

    For more than four decades, the Fund has paid reporting expenses of reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism but lack the resources to complete their projects.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Increases Its Support for Investigative Journalism

    July 16th, 2015

    Washington – The Fund for Investigative Journalism is pleased to announce that The Reva and David Logan Foundation has awarded $85,000 to support the Fund’s grant-making program for independent journalists around the world.

    This is the third year that the Fund has received a grant from The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and represents an increased level of funding. The additional funds will be used to offer professional development opportunities to grantees of the Fund.

    The Reva and David Logan Foundation has a history of supporting high-impact investigative journalism organizations, including The Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, The Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California – Berkeley, and Reveal Radio – produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley.

    The Foundation also sponsors the annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting at the University of California – Berkeley.

    The Fund for Investigative Journalism is an independent, nonprofit organization that has supported hundreds of public service reporting projects since 1969, when it provided travel expenses for Seymour Hersh to investigate the massacre of civilians by American soldiers in My Lai, Vietnam.

    The Fund pays expenses and small stipends for independent reporters who have the ideas, sources, and know-how to produce groundbreaking investigative journalism, but need resources to get the work done.

    The Fund makes grants three to four times a year, typically about $5,000. The next deadline for applications is September 21, 2015.

    The Fund relies on the support of individuals and foundations. Donations can be made online,, or by mail to the Fund for Investigative Journalism, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th floor, Washington DC 20045.